March 7-10, 2017
Carnegie Science Center
For more info:
412.237.3400, then press 7
DNA evidence has revolutionized our ability to prosecute and exonerate crime suspects, often with life and death consequences. Students explore this intersection of biotechnology and criminal law in depth as they:
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences Outreach Program.
Students interested in an in-depth exploration of the application of DNA evidence in CSI.
Science and technology topics include:
Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology, Careers, Critical Thinking and Law
Program Capacity: 30Program Dates & Times Classroom Resources
Movies, Books ...
GATTACA: a thoughtful film about society prejudices and the potential dark side of messing with mother nature. A breathtaking, if somewhat cold and sterile, look into the future. (movie trailer)
The Blooding: a novel about the first use of DNA fingerprinting in a court case based on the discovery of genetic fingerprinting by Alec Jeffreys.
Do it – competition, volunteer, games, make it, lesson plan
Finding the Structure of DNA - Putting It Together - Base Pair Interactive
Genetic Education Modules: see Other Resources DNA Kit Select Activities for grade appropriate activity list
Interactive DNA Timeline: click once you arrive at the timeline for images and links!
Brief Guide to Genomics: Fact Sheets
In the News
Wrongfully Convicted by an Inaccurate Eyewitness: DNA Overturns the Conviction
Zombie DNA: Not Really Dormant!
Can the Microbes You Leave Behind Be Used to Identify You? (new innovations in identifying people.)
Medical Laboratory Specialist (interesting & in depth)
CSI Careers (on and behind the scenes narrative)
MS-LS1-1,2,3,4,5,8; MS-LS2-1,2; MS-LS3-1,2; MS-LS4-1,2,3,4,5
HS-PS2-3; HS-LS1-1,2,4; HS-LS2-5,8; HS-LS3-1,2,3; HS-LS4-1,2,3,4,5