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DNA Forensics

DNA Forensics

The application of genetic testing for legal purposes

DNA forensics is a branch of forensic science that focuses on the use of genetic material in criminal investigation to answer questions pertaining to legal situations, including criminal and civil cases.

Materials for DNA Forensics


Backlogs of Forensic DNA Evidence

Description: General information on backlogs of forensic evidence in crime laboratories

Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

Description: Information and fact sheets on the CODIS Unit

DNA Evidence Basics

Description: General information on DNA forensics

Using DNA to Solve Cold Cases (PDF 300.30 KB)

Description: Detailed information on forensic DNA testing technologies, databases, regulations, and more

Labs & Experiments

DNA Extraction

Description: A virtual DNA extraction laboratory experiment

Teacher Resources

Entomology in Action (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plans and teaching aids on entomology

Forensic Entomology (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plans, work sheets, and teaching aids on forensic entomology


Can Science Stop Crime

Description: A NOVA program on how science is being used to identify criminals and anticipate crimes before they happen