DNA Forensics Problem Set 2

The purpose of this problem set is to present an introduction to the use of DNA profile analysis to characterize human DNA samples as applied in paternity analysis and sex crimes investigations. You will have the opportunity to interpret actual case results as might be produced by the FBI laboratory or a commercial, paternity-testing facility.

Instructions: The following problems have multiple choice answers. Correct answers are reinforced with a brief explanation. Incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem.
  1. HLA-DQ alpha
  2. The variation of VNTRs
  3. Methods of VNTR analysis
  4. More methods of VNTR analysis
  5. Alleles in a single-locus probe
  6. Sources of DNA
  7. Rape with two suspects
  8. Another rape with two suspects
  9. Reconstructing a missing mother's profile
  10. Determining paternity

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Sunday, January 12, 1996
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