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Forensic Science: Introduction to DNA Fingerprinting

kit #1271

Students get a real feel for what it takes to be a modern-day detective in this basic introduction to forensic science. The first activity begins with a crime scene and the identification of suspects based on an eyewitness report and "video stills" of the crime in progress. "Physical evidence" found at the scene of the crime is scientifically analyzed. This kit provides an introduction to cells, cell structure, and magnification. Students use this information to construct a “chromosome” model with color-coded “genes” representing some physical traits of the suspects. The process of DNA mapping and DNA fingerprinting is carefully explained. Students then read simulated DNA x-ray films to positively identify the perpetrators of the crime. Material in this kit is reusable.


  • Introduction to forensic science
  • Introduction to cells, cell structure and magnification
  • Construct a model of a “chromosome” with color-coded genes
  • Introduction to DNA mapping and DNA fingerprinting
  • Read simulated DNA X-ray films

Content List in Forensic Science: Introduction to DNA Fingerprinting is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teacher’s Guide
30 Student Worksheets: Investigation 1 - Crime Scene Observations
30 Student Worksheets: Investigation 2 - Observations of the Evidence
30 Student Worksheets: Investigation 3 - Chromosomes and Genes
30 Student Worksheets: Investigation 4 - DNA and DNA Fingerprinting
30 Student Worksheets: Investigation 5 - Positive Identification of Suspects by DNA Fingerprints
30 Crime Incident Data Charts
8 Color-coded genes, packages - 15 per color
15 X-ray films of DNA fingerprints, sets of 2
15 Crime scene photos, sets of 3 different photos
30 Cell structures and chromosomes, stickers, pressure sensitive
30 Rulers
15 Trays with a “gene stand” and a color-code key
Number of Students
Number of groups
Maximum 15 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one to two ~50-minute class periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Forensic Science: Introduction to DNA Fingerprinting 1271 $272.90