DNA Profiling comprises information and discussion questions
about DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling, with instructions
for a practical simulation.
The Unit is designed to stimulate debate in the classroom.
DNA fingerprinting, especially its use in criminal databases,
raises important issues for society. Some of the more frequently-raised
concerns are examined.
An introductory section provides some background information
on DNA profiling and its development. This is followed by some
case studies and explanations of modern applications of the technique,
and its reliability.
Questions that can be used to stimulate debate in the classroom
about the application of DNA profiling are also provided.
The remainder of this Unit is a practical simulation using
DNA gel electrophoresis.