DNA forensics - Amber Abbott Medora Huseby Biology 1009,...

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1Amber Abbott Medora Huseby Biology 1009, lab section 51 DNA science paper 4-12-07 Forensic Applications of Molecular Genetic Techniques Humans are not the only living organisms that can be identified by the examination of their DNA. All living organisms are capable of being identified by their DNA. However, the accuracy of identifying individuals within a species still needs to be improved upon. DNA sequencing technologies are continuously being studied. Soon scientists will be able to directly compare large DNA segments and possibly whole genomes of individuals. In order for forensic scientists to identify individuals, they scan 13 different DNA regions. These DNA regions are unique to each particular person, thus the reason that they are specifically used in differentiating between different people. This data is then collected and used to create a DNA profile of that person. Sometimes this is referred to as a DNA fingerprint. There is a nominal chance that another person has the same DNA profile for a particular set of the 13 regions but it is unlikely. DNA has numerous uses in forensic identification. Personally, when I think of DNA use in forensic identification I think of the t.v. show C.S.I. DNA is primarily used to identify suspects and victims of crime in crime scene investigation shows such as C.S.I. DNA is also used for paternity tests. This is frequently shown on television shows such as Jerry Springer. Even so, some female guests of Jerry Springer are still unable to determine the father of their child. Law enforcement find DNA identification immensely useful in many aspects of crime scene investigation. Even wildlife officials may use DNA identification in order to identify
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course BIO 1101 taught by Professor ... during the Spring '07 term at University of Minnesota Morris.

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