• Advanced DNA & CSI
  • Advanced DNA & CSI
  • Carnegie Science Center will close on Dec. 5 at 5 pm

SciTech Days

Overlook 4th Floor

November 3-6, 2015
Carnegie Science Center

For more info:
412.237.3400, then press 7

Advanced DNA & CSI

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:

  • Learn the structure and function of DNA.
  • Investigate the basics of DNA fingerprinting by performing electrophoresis.
  • Test the limitations of eye witness testimony vs. DNA evidence.
  • Explore the Innocence Project.
  • Break into small groups to decide which convicted criminals deserve a second look, a second chance... and why?

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: 30

Program 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

DNA Interactive Modules including Lesson Builder

Genetic Education Modules: see Other Resources DNA Kit Select Activities for grade appropriate activity list

PCR interactive presentation and then game

Interactive DNA Timeline: click once you arrive at the timeline for images and links!

An Animated Primer on the Basics of Genetics

Diagnosis information for the patient, genetic counseling (a learning game)

Pittsburgh Connection

Nation Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance located in Pittsburgh

Good Sites

Brief Guide to Genomics: Fact Sheets

Innocence Project

How Luminol Works

DNA ID of Sept. 11 Victims

In the News

Wrongfully Convicted by an Inaccurate Eyewitness: DNA Overturns the Conviction

New Technique Using Family’s DNA to convict... or exonerate!

Artificial DNA

Zombie DNA: Not Really Dormant!

Gene Therapy Creates A Biological Pacemaker – No Wires Required

Forensic Science and Justice

Separating the DNA of Identical Twins

Can the Microbes You Leave Behind Be Used to Identify You? (new innovations in identifying people.)


Medical Laboratory Specialist (interesting & in depth)

Medical Clinical Laboratory Technician

CSI Careers (on and behind the scenes narrative)

Forensics Science Technician

Science Writer

Chemical Technician

Data Scientist

General Careers Site


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