Forensic investigations using cell and DNA technologies – At GTAC

Full day program

The DNA profiles of suspects from the case

The DNA profiles of suspects from the case


This program immerses students in the field of forensic science as they use blood typing and DNA analysis to place a suspect at a crime scene. Through the examination of seminal cases students consider the role of forensic science in police investigations. They utilise models to explore the structure and function of DNA, the nature of chromosomes and the principles of inheritance and apply their understandings to the analysis of Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) to identify individuals. Students perform blood typing diagnostics to eliminate suspects from a crime scene. They then perform gel electrophoresis to create a DNA profile for the remaining suspects, the victim and the victim’s parents. They use their results to confirm the identity of the victim and place a suspect at the crime scene.



Level – Years 9 & 10

Venue - At GTAC in Parkville

Full day program: runs 9:30am – 2:45pm with a one hour lunch break

Approximate dates – Selected dates in Term 1 & Term 4 2018


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Program designers - Jacinta Duncan Chris Szwed