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View Resource Priciples of DNA for Officers of the Court

This is an interactive course designed to inform beginning students of the basic principles of DNA testing. The course covers the biology of DNA, statistics and population genetics, forensic databases, and the presentation of forensic DNA evidence in court. Links are provided so that the viewer can move between major course topics.

View Resource Biological Science Initative- Forensic Science

This website provides middle and high school teachers and students with concepts and techniques of forensic evidence analysis commonly employed in forensic laboratories. This site contains a series of laboratory exercises that can be downloaded for use in middle and high school settings. Experiments are designed to teach students basic principles and methods of forensic science and to motivate...

View Resource DNA Extraction and Quantitation for Forensic Analysts

This web site is part of the President's DNA Initiative and is devoted to the methodology for the extraction and quantification of DNA obtained from crime scene evidence. The site is designed as an on-line short course. The site identifies potential obstacles in the collection, extraction, and amplification of DNA. Extraction methods covered are organic, Chelex, and other extraction procedures....

View Resource A Headache to Die For

This case study uses the example of product tampering that occurred in Seattle in 1986. It will help students develop their understanding of how evidence is compiled to develop a criminal case. This material would be appropriate for undergraduate classes, specifically in a course of forensic science for non-science majors. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The...

View Resource Correlates of Desistance

Research has shown that marital status and employment are correlates of desistance. That is, adolescents involved with crime were more likely to discontinue offending in adulthood if they were married and had a good job. Most of what criminologists know about the process of desistance from crime is based on a sample of adult males in the 1950's. There is no question that life in America has...

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