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1 April 2010 Using Harry Potter to Introduce Students to DNA Fingerprinting & Forensic Science
Laura K. Palmer
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This lesson uses characters from the Harry Potter series of novels as a “hook” to stimulate students' interest in introductory forensic science. Students are guided through RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) analysis using inexpensive materials and asked to interpret data from a mock crime scene. Importantly, the lesson provides an opportunity to discuss limitations of using DNA fingerprinting for forensic purposes and addresses a common misconception that the sophisticated science involved in crime-scene analysis is infallible.

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Laura K. Palmer "Using Harry Potter to Introduce Students to DNA Fingerprinting & Forensic Science," The American Biology Teacher 72(4), 241-244, (1 April 2010). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2010.72.4.8
Published: 1 April 2010
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