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Molecular Forensics

Course Numbers: OCMB - 6390 and BMME - 6650

The objective of this class is to introduce the student to Forensic Biology, its history, its methods and the application of DNA typing to a court of law. The class will introduce the students to basic genetics and population genetics as it applies to forensic biology. The class will also introduce the students to both human and non‐human DNA typing techniques and instrumentation. It will also introduce the students to critical thinking and problem solving approaches.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Have an understanding the basic biology of DNA typing
  • Learn and apply scientific and critical thinking skills;
  • Research and report on a relevant topic related to DNA typing as it relates to human or non-human DNA.

Butler, J.M. 2009. Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing. Academic Press. ISBN: 9780123749994

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