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1 DNA Profiling Used to be called DNAfingerprinting, but this was confusing Fingerprinting-1354231 Fingerprinting-1354231 (genetic fingerprinting, 2 min)

2 DNA profiling is the process where a specific DNA pattern, called a profile, is obtained from an individual or tissue sample ?

3 Uses of DNA Profiling: To identify the probable origin of a body fluid sample associated with a crime or crime scene.

4 Uses of DNA Profiling: To reveal family relationships e.g. checking on pedigree in stock breeding programs. e.g. checking that captive populations of endangered species are not inbred.

5 Uses of DNA Profiling: To identify disaster victims. For example, ESR scientists traveled to Thailand to help identify victims of the Boxing Day tsunami

6 Uses of DNA Profiling: Genetic screening: the presence of a particular gene, such as cystic fibrosis) in a family.

7 Polymorphisms (differences) Most of our DNA is identical to other people’s DNA Alleles usually differ by only a base or two Non-coding regions vary greatly between people Differences called polymorphisms. Unique combination of polymorphisms  Unique DNA profile

8 Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) Eg CATG ATCATGGATCATGCATGCATGCATGCATGCATG TTCCATGATA Found at specific loci Number of repeats varies greatly Homologous chromosomes have different numbers of repeats.

9 Profile is unique DNA profile - ten specific STRs No two people (except identical twins) are likely to have the same numbers of repeats in all of these STRs.


11 Microsatellite containing 4 repeat units Homologous pair of chromosomes Microsatellite containing 7 repeat units Flanking regions to which PCR primers can be attached centromerestelomeres

12 1 Get a sample DNA found in most cells (eg white blood cells, semen, hair roots) and body fluids, such as saliva and perspiration. Forensic scientists and police officers collect samples of DNA from crime scenes.

13 Mouth swab collects inner cheek cells.

14 2. Extract the DNA DNA is contained within the nucleus of cells. Chemicals are added to break open the cells, extract the DNA, and isolate it from other cell components.

15 Magnify the DNA PCR used to magnify the DNA sample for profiling. Specific primers are used during PCR, which attach a fluorescent tag to the copied STRs.

16 4. Determine the size of the STRs Gel electrophoresis separates the STRs and can detect the fluorescent dye on each STR. More repeats  Larger STRs

17 Useful links for DNA profiling DNA profiling at ESR ESR is a Crown Research Institute and is New Zealand’s leading organization working in forensic science. Forensic success stories New Zealand examples of DNA profiling helping to solve real crimes. DNA profiling to test for parentage A presentation on DNA profiling made by a New Zealand High school teacher. Please click on ‘DNA profiling’ to access. DNA profiling interactive A student-friendly interactive demonstration developed by Biotechnology Online Australia. Try using DNA profiling to investigate a crime or work out who is entitled to inheritance. Human identification made simple A student-friendly description of DNA profiling and how it is used in a variety of international court cases. Go to ‘human identification’ to access. 151426148 151426148 (Wolfe, genetic markers, 11 min) (Wolfe, screening, 11 min)

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