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DNA and Enzymes - Have you ever asked yourself the question why my eyes are this color. Or any question as to why we look the way we do. All of our features come down to our genetics. Those genetics are family traits that are passed down through our bloodlines. It all comes down to what is considered the fundamental building blocks of life, our DNA. DeoxyriboNucleic Acid is the actual name for DNA. We have all heard of DNA for years, but what do you really know about it. What is DNA made of. In this paper we will talk about this mini miracle called DNA....   [tags: DNA Essays]
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Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations - Before the 1980s, courts relied on testimony and eyewitness accounts as a main source of evidence. Notoriously unreliable, these techniques have since faded away to the stunning reliability of DNA forensics. In 1984, British geneticist Alec Jeffreys of the University of Leicester discovered an interesting new marker in the human genome. Most DNA information is the same in every human, but the junk code between genes is unique to every person. Junk DNA used for investigative purposes can be found in blood, saliva, perspiration, sexual fluid, skin tissue, bone marrow, dental pulp, and hair follicles (Butler, 2011)....   [tags: DNA Forensics]
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DNA in the Forensic Science Community - This paper explores deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) collection and its relationship to solving crimes. The collection of DNA is one of the most important steps in identifying a suspect in a crime. DNA evidence can either convict or exonerate an individual of a crime. Furthermore, the accuracy of forensic identification of evidence has the possibility of leaving biased effects on a juror (Carrell, Krauss, Liberman, Miethe, 2008). This paper examines Carrells et al’s research along with three other research articles to review how DNA is collected, the effects that is has on a juror and the pros and cons of DNA collection in the Forensic Science and Criminal Justice community. Keywords: deoxyribo...   [tags: Biology, DNA collection, DNA Evidence] 1511 words
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Bacteria strains and DNA extraction - Materials and method Bacteria strains and DNA extraction A collection of standard bacterial strains containing E. amylovora strains and several species of bacteria confirmed by Biochemical, Carbohydrates and Virulence tests for identification of E. amylovora isolates (data not shown) were exploited to estimate the specificity test (table 1). Furthermore, in order to assess the performance of two PCR methods and LAMP assay, about 208 symptomatic plant samples, were used. This collection was obtained from various plant tissues (e.g., flowers, shoots, leaves, fruits, and limbs) belonging to apple, pear and quince cultivars of different regions of Iran, during spring and summer of 2009 and 2010....   [tags: Biology, DNA] 2261 words
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DNA: The Doble Helix - INTRODUCTION The essential component of life can be acknowledged and is made up of a nucleic acid known as DNA. DNA is the abbreviated form for the word deoxyribonucleic acid and it is the “carrier of genetic information” (McMurry, Ballantine, Hoeger, & Peterson, 1992, pg. 775). DNA contains the genetic instructions that are needed for an organism to develop, survive, and replicate, as it plays a crucial role in living systems that makes each species unique and distinctive. The multifaceted material is stored in every cell of every living organisms and it contains information about our nature, appearance, performance, etc....   [tags: fingerprinting, dna testing] 1086 words
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Enhancing the Power of DNA as an Investigative Tool - DNA is a double helix molecule that contains information that is used to make up a person’s body. DNA controls every aspect of a person’s body from their eye and hair color, height, and other features. DNA’s specific and unique characteristic can be crucial when solving a crime. DNA can be used to convict a suspect or exonerate an innocent person. When DNA is found it is even more important that is handle properly to ensure proper identification and accuracy of testing. The evolution of DNA technology is vital to the process of solving crimes, however the process by which DNA is found and handle can jeopardize its powerfulness....   [tags: DNA Investigative Tool] 2113 words
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Biology: Biome and DNA Identification Process - DNA forensics is a division of forensic science that focuses on the use of genetic material in criminal investigation to answer questions pertaining to legal situations, including criminal and civil cases. Through DNA testing, law enforcement officers are able to identify human remains or the individual responsible for a crime. DNA testing is a highly advanced scientific process that involves replicating the human DNA sequence to create a genetic map of an individual. Because of its reliability, DNA testing has become a significant factor in criminal cases....   [tags: biological diversity, forensics, dna testing] 1778 words
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Unraveling DNA - Unraveling the molecular mechanism of DNA binding by Transcription-activator like effectors Sequence-specific DNA targeting of nucleases, recombinases and transcriptional activators is a powerful tool to manipulate the sequence or regulate the expression of the gene of interest. While Zinc fingers specific to DNA trinucleotides, coupled to different effector domains have been employed for targeted manipulation of the genome with considerable success, we are limited by the off-target toxicity caused by trinucleotide specific zinc fingers....   [tags: DNA, TALE, Xanthomonas]
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DNA barcoding of two species of Coffea (Rubiaceae) - Background of the Study Systematics and taxonomy involves identifying and resolving relationships among species. But with species today being more taxonomically complex, integrating molecular technology as an alternative tool in species identification has helped systematic s gain new perspective in evolutionary studies .Taxonomy has always been the forefront in the study of life and forever will be (Wheeler 2004). And with the increase in the development within the field of molecular biology and genetics, DNA is now used as a way in identifying species....   [tags: Taxonomy, Molecular Technology, DNA ]
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What are DNA Sequence Motifs? Why are They Important? - ... These codes reflect the certainty of the type of nucleotide that occurs at a particular position. For example, the code [A] refers to Adenine, whereas [Y] stands for Cytosine or Thymine (http://www.bioinformatics.org/sms/iupac.html). Consensus sequences are compact and suit enumerative based analysis, where a binary decision is sufficient (either a match or a mismatch). However, in some cases it is desirable to measure how well a genomic site matches a motif (it indicates the binding affinity)....   [tags: dna, genes, footprinting] 611 words
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Creative Writing Assignment about a Rape and the Importance of DNA - Creative Writing Topic: Fred and Frank are identical twins who live in a rural village in England. A rape has occurred, and the police are asking for voluntary DNA samples to help narrow the search for the rapist. Fred is ready to volunteer for the DNA testing, when Frank asks him not to… In a small village somewhere in England Lived the two brothers Frank and Fred. Everything about them looked quite the same— Their eyes, nose, and hair on their head. Not many could distinguish Fred from Frank, As they were identical twins, The villagers, stumped, left the boys amused, Causing two identical grins....   [tags: rape, dna sampling, testing] 568 words
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DNA, The New Crime Investigator - DNA, The New Crime Investigator Abstract What is DNA. The scientific definition is “deoxyribonucleic acid, the biological polymer that stores the genetic information in all free living organisms. Two linear molecules entwine to form the double helix. Now that the definition has been stated, let’s now define what DNA means to a crime scene or case investigator. In the law enforcement business DNA has been introduce as a revolutionary and efficient accurate tool to solve and crack modern and cold cases....   [tags: DNA Crime Cimenology] 1352 words
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In Vitro Fertilization: Ethical Problems of Mitochondrial DNA and Three Biological Parents - In vitro fertilisation: ethical problems of mitochondrial DNA and three biological parents Mitochondria are essential for the cell energy production through the citric acid cycle. In order for the cycle to work in a best way possible, the mitochondria are equiped with their own DNA that primarily codes for proteins vital to the energy production and oxidative metabolism of the cells. Mitochondrial DNA has several differences to nuclear DNA. Unlike the ”regular” nuclear DNA, mitochondrial DNA in circular like most bacterial DNA and unlike nuclear DNA, mitochondrial DNA is more prone to possible mutations....   [tags: energy, cell, mitochondrila, dna] 785 words
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DNA Interactions Between Proteins - DNA: Interactions between Proteins Deoxyribonucleic Acid is a molecule that contains the genetic makeup of almost all living organisms. While Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, has been successfully mapped out, many of its interactions with certain proteins and enzymes have not been fully revealed within the atomic level. The history and mysteries of DNA continue to fascinate biologists and chemists alike. However, we must question, who was the first to discover DNA, and what scientists have done to further enhance our understanding of it....   [tags: Biology Medical DNA] 1021 words
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DNA Sequences Occurs at Many Scales within Genomes Discussion - Today it is widely believed that there are two fundamental ways in which genomes evolve; namely evolution by (1) duplication of pre-existing regions of DNA within the genome and (2) lateral gene transfer. (Brown, 2002), (Zhaxybayeva & Doolittle, 2011). The focus of this essay will be on DNA duplication, its occurrence, and it’s consequences in genomes at a molecular and organismal level. DNA duplication refers to the process by which a region of DNA already present in an organism’s genome is duplicated in that organism....   [tags: chromosomes, dna duplication, genome evolution]
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Against Proposition 69 and the DNA Fingerprint Act - Abstract: California’s Proposition 69 and the DNA Fingerprint Act both expand criminal DNA databases far beyond what is necessary to protect citizens and prosecute violent crime. DNA profiling techniques and databases have developed largely over the last fifteen years, and the recent expansions are only a part of an ongoing trend of ‘function creep’ that characterizes database expansion. Proposition 69 and the DNA Fingerprint Act expand DNA databases originally designed to house DNA samples from violent criminals to include samples from anyone arrested for a felony crime....   [tags: DNA Database Crime Criminals]
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DNA and DNA Profiling Made Simple - ... It only requires keen scrutiny of the crime area to obtain these materials. Above all, the isolation of cellular material from these components provides enough DNA that helps in solving crime puzzles. In addition, the victim of a crime has extremely high chances of carrying DNA evidence. The places where DNA isolation occurs in criminal investigations include tissues, cigarettes, clothes, stamps, cups, weapons, and bite marks among other places. The collection process proceeds after the identification of the material evidence with DNA....   [tags: genetic analysis and research]
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The Discovery of DNA - ... According to Norah Rudin, through a series of experiments in the 1900s, it is found that DNA, similar to a fingerprint, are unique. No two DNA are alike, which makes it perfect for identification, hence the term “DNA fingerprinting” (7). Through a small amount of DNA, we are able to identify an individual through comparing with other DNAs. Criminal justice systems all around the world had benefitted from DNA fingerprinting, which had been able to prove suspects guilty with a significant percentage of accuracy....   [tags: biological identification, fingerprinting] 734 words
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DNA in Forensics - ... They must always wear gloves, mask, and use disposable instruments. This help prevents the DNA being contaminated, to where it would not be useable. The collected samples must be bagged and label in envelopes but not plastic bags. Plastic Bags retain moisture that will damage DNA, another reason why DNA must be protected and label is that direst sunlight and weather condition may damage DNA. To further help protect the collect DNA, chain-of-custody is set up to transport collected evidence to be analyzed....   [tags: works, chromosomes, cell, genetics]
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Overview of DNA - DNA (deoxynbonucleicacid) is a sensational object. It defines what an organism is, it is what makes a human a human and not a medusa that thrives in tropical oceans. If a human's DNA were to be unraveled, it would reach 140 astronomical units and would be able to go to the moon and back more than 6000 times. Yet, every single organism- viruses are not exceptions - has some amount of DNA, however minute. DNA and genetics have bafiled people for millermia. Civilizations have peaked and plmnmeted for the many years when DNA was completely obscured from even the minimal knowledge....   [tags: Biology, Science]
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Significance of Discoveries in Genetics and DNA - Significance of Discoveries in Genetics and DNA Our understanding of genetic inheritance and the function of DNA in producing the characteristics of the individual have been developing for more almost 150 years. Consider our current state of knowledge. Link genetic characteristics to DNA structure. Explain how DNA through the process of protein synthesis is responsible for the ultimate expression of the characteristics in the organism. Describe how interference in protein synthesis can result in disruption of cellular and bodily processes....   [tags: organism, proteins, traits]
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What is DNA? Where is it found? - ... Article can be related through chapter 6 (DNA structure and function) in which we discuss about “DNA is the genetic blueprint for our cells. It contains the complete set of “instructions” necessary for you to exist. While it is true that everyone is unique due to his or her DNA, it is interesting to note that all DNA is composed of the same subunits. At first glance, the structure of DNA can seem complicated, but the structure becomes simplified when you consider that DNA consists of three basic subunits: deoxyribose sugars, phosphate groups, and nucleotides”....   [tags: cells, mitochondria, human body] 676 words
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The Pros and Cons of DNA Fingerprinting - DNA fingerprinting is one of the greatest identification systems we have to-date to recognize an individual or living organism. Every living creature is genetically different in its own way, except in the rare case of twins, triples, etc. DNA is the serial number for living things, and is a combination of four nucleotides (thymine, cytosine, adenine and guanine). (Robertson, Ross, & Burgoyne, 2002) Each individual contains a unique sequence that is specific to that one organism. There are many advantages to DNA Fingerprinting ranging from early detection of hereditary diseases to convictions of criminals....   [tags: criminal identification systems] 589 words
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DNA Fingerprinting in Criminal Investigations - ... It is analyzed by the length of DNA, which include repeating base pairs. The repeating base pairs are known as variable number tandem repeats or VNTRs. The number of repeats will affect the length of each strand of DNA. They are then compared with the sample; RFLP requires a large sample of DNA that has not been contaminated with dirt (3). Many laboratories are replacing RFLP analysis with short tandem repeat (STR) analysis (1). This method has many advantages that RFLP does not have; the biggest of these advantages is the fact that a smaller samples is needed to be able to analyze the samples....   [tags: technology, genetics and criminology]
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The Applications of DNA Typing - DNA Typing has become more present in the world with the creation of new technology, allowing justice to be served in courtrooms, helping to identify bodies after major devastating events have occurred, and also in processes that the average human does not pay much attention to such as the production of biofuels. The process of DNA Typing is not easy considering the fact one must first go through the multi-step process of DNA extraction. Along with DNA Typing also comes the job opportunities that are available, the organizations that have been created in respect to this subject, and the average salary that is available to people who hold a job in this field of work....   [tags: forensic scientist, biological technician]
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DNA: The Basis for Sustaining Life - ... With so many different chromosomes, there are an infinite number of variations that two parents can make-up. Also, the DNA of each person details a variety of information to include how long you are likely to live. All of the chromosomes that make up our DNA are coiled up inside the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. Aside from the reproductive cells, each and every cell contains the 46 linear chromosomes. Of those 46, there are 23 pairs of chromosomes. Of those 23, 22 are similar in size, shape and even genetic content....   [tags: genetic science]
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The Effectiveness of DNA Profiling in Forensics - Forensics has been greatly enhanced by technology. DNA profiling is one of the technologies that has influenced efficiency and credibility of forensic evidence. The FBI first started using DNA in one of its cases in 1988. In Europe, the United Kingdom opened a DNA database in 1955 (Milena, 2006). The main use of the DNA is to compare the evidence collected at crime scene with the suspects. In addition, it helps to establish a connection between the evidence and the criminals. The investigations have been simplified through the use of technology and DNA has been one of the most effective methods in investigations....   [tags: Forensic Evidence, Technology]
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The Collection and Retention of DNA - Introduction DNA testing has been the center of attention in many criminal justice cases. The United States corrections centers have utilized the DNA testing process. Seventeen death row inmates have been exonerated by the use of these tests. Earl Washington was convicted of rape and murder in 1984. Although he confessed to the rape, he was also diagnosed as being mentally retarded. In October of 2000 Mr., Washington was given a DNA test and was excluded as the rapist and murderer. The Virginia Governor pardoned Mr....   [tags: Uses, Technology, Benefits, Drawbacks]
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The Discovery Of The Structure Of DNA - James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA, but only by drawing on the work of many scientists who came before them. (Maddox, 2003) In 1944, Oswald T. Avery, Colin M. MacLeod, and Maclyn McCarty published “Studies on the Chemical Nature of the Substance Inducing Transformation of Pneumococcal Types”, which was the first scientific work to identify DNA as the molecule that carried genetic information, and became a breakthrough at that time. (Avery, Macleod, & McCarty, 1944) Before Avery and coworkers published their paper, there was very little interest in DNA among scientists in the field of genetics....   [tags: Genetics]
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Forensic Use of DNA Technology - Topic: The forensic use of DNA technology. Introduction: This paper discusses the effect of forensic use of DNA technology and importance of using this technology. Due to the increasing rate of violent, The forensic use of DNA technology is essential in this search, hence, this technology enhances the search for truth by helping the police and prosecutors in the fight against crime. Through the use of DNA evidence, prosecutors are usually able to prove the defendant guilt. Some DNA evidence, such as fingerprint evidence offers prosecutors essential new tools for identifying and apprehending some of the most violent perpetrators, mostly in sexual assault cases....   [tags: crime, violence, evidence] 1317 words
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Recent Uses of DNA Technology - Recent Uses of DNA Technology DNA, Deoxyribonucleic Acid, is the basic structure for all life, it is the blueprint, the instruction manual, on how to build a living organism. DNA is made up of four nitrogen bases, adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine which are connected by sugar-phosphate bonds. Through a process called Protein Synthesis, the nitrogen bases are the code for the creation of amino acids. Essentially, DNA makes amino acids, amino acids make proteins, proteins make organisms. This process has been taking place for much longer than scientists have been able to document....   [tags: Medical Research]
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Chemistry and the Structure of DNA - ... The backbone of the nucleic acids consists of the interaction between phosphate groups and the hydroxide groups of nucleic acids. These are held together by covalent bonds called phosphodiester bonds. The helix itself is held together by hydrogen bonds. Although hydrogen bonds are weak individually, there are so many of them within DNA that the strands are held tightly together. Without basic chemistry the structure of DNA would be a mystery. The instructions to make a protein are coded by DNA....   [tags: function, protein, products] 599 words
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Overview of the Importance of DNA - Discoveries in DNA, cell biology, evolution, and biotechnology have been among the major achievements in biology over the past 200 years with accelerated discoveries and insight’s over the last 50 years. Consider the progress we have made in these areas of human knowledge. Present at least three of the discoveries you find to be the most important and describe their significance to society, heath, and the culture of modern life. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a self-replicating molecule or material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent in chromosomes....   [tags: biology, evolution, biotechnology]
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Questions and Anwers on DNA and Molecules - Question1 What are Eukaryotes. Eukaryotes are known to be the organisms which have double membrane or membrane bounded, such as the nucleus, mitochondria than in plant cell this will include chloroplast, examples of this eukaryotes are, animals, plants, fungi and protozoans. Genome is defined as entire genetic material of an individual. All eukaryotes have mitochondrial genome of which it is very small in size and circular in shape, meaning that depend on the organism the genome will vary in size since others are small, so the specific size normally range from 10Mb in length to 100 000 Mb in higher eukaryotes....   [tags: eukaryotes, genomes] 2593 words
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Structure of Nucleotides and DNA - ... 1. The double helix is untwisted and the corresponding stands are unzipped. 2. The hydrogen bonds between the bases are broken freeing the floating nucleotides join with nitrogenous bases forming hydrogen bonds. This part of the reason for complementary base pairing. 3. Once the new nucleotide are bonded together by the enzyme DNA polymerase, which form complete strands opposite the original strands. 4. Finally, all the nucleotides are joined to form a complete polynucleotide chain using DNA polymerase....   [tags: deoxyribonucleic, molecule, bond] 1142 words
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DNA: The Continuity of Life - Write an essay explaining the continuity of life and how it is based on heritable information in the form of DNA and its transmission from one generation to another. Life's continuity is based on the unremitting passage of inherited information that takes the form of DNA. This essay extensively examines the fundamental processes that allow for the transmission of DNA and thus life. It initially identifies how information essential for life is stored in DNA and then explains the processes of DNA replication, Mitosis and Meiosis....   [tags: rna, lipids, proteins] 1574 words
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DNA: Exploring Creation With Biology - DNA is the basic substance in the life forms you see around you, yet it is a complicated concept. Your DNA determines the color of your eyes, skin, hair and enable functions such as your sight and hearing. DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid which contains the biological aspects that make everyone individually different. DNA is all contained in one molecule, and there are millions of tightly packaged DNA cells all throughout many life forms making it the building block of the DNA. In the late 1860’s, a Swiss chemist named Friedrich Miescher first identified DNA....   [tags: Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Scientists, Studies]
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Legal Aspects of DNA Fingerprinting - Does DNA fingerprinting and modern genetic research encroach on the rights of the dead. Introduction: DNA fingerprinting and modern genetics are used to help historians, palaeontologists and archaeologists to research the evolution of mankind. The question that comes to mind is whether or not dead people have any rights when it comes to research. What is DNA fingerprinting. DNA fingerprinting is a way of getting a person’s identification. This is shown in Figure 3 on page 4. One can extract DNA from hair, nails, blood, skin or even saliva....   [tags: genetic research essays]
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Isolating the DNA of Strawberries - Strawberries Strawberries are small delicate fruit. They can range from having a cone shape, to a spherical shape. They are red juicy fruits thats seeds grow on the outside. They can average about 200 seeds on them and are the only fruits that have their seeds on their skin. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring. Strawberries are part of the rose family and are part of the plantae family. Strawberries can usually prevent heart attacksStrawberries grow on plants that can yield strawberries for more 5 years if its healthy and isn’t attacked by insects....   [tags: genetic sciences and research] 712 words
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DNA Testing in Crime Scenes - DNA, or deoxyribonucleic exists in all living organisms, is self-replicating and gives a person their unique characteristics. No two people have the same matching DNA. There are many different forms of DNA that are tested for situations such as criminal. Bodily fluids, hair follicles and bone tissues are some of the most common types of DNA that is tested in crime labs today. Although the discovery of DNA dates back to 1866 when Gregor Mendel proved the inheritance of factors in pea plants, DNA testing is relatively new and have been the prime factor when solving crimes in general....   [tags: Evidence, Cases]
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Patented DNA: An Ethical Issue - Case Study - Background In the United States, if someone needs to have a DNA test done, there is a possibility that it has been patented by a DNA research company. The problem with this is that it can raise the cost of a DNA test from about two hundred dollars, to over two thousand, depending on the test being done. Up to forty-one percent of the genes in your body are actually owned by another company, and are not legally owned by yourself. In particular, Myriad Genetics holds a patent in the BRCA1 and the BRCA2 gene, also owning at least fifteen nucleotides of BRCA1....   [tags: Research, Company, Bioethics] 2507 words
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The DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley - The book, The DNA of Relationships, by Dr. Gary Smalley was a great, interesting book to read. Moreover than to improve my marriage relationship, I learned of what the actions to endanger all my relationships and taking the responsibility to have safe, full of heart steps to face the dangers. Overall, The DNA of Relationships was a powerful book to read to learn face the dangers of all the relationships and taking the steps to make sure that the relationships are strong and healthy in the eyes of God....   [tags: book review] 674 words
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The Role of DNA in Cloning - Have you ever thought that science can advance rapidly to a great extent. Nowadays scientists are trying to make the same exact copy of your DNA. Can you imagine having a clone of yourself, your parents, or even your siblings. Have you ever wished for someone to take your place for a minute, an hour, or a day. This may come true one day. According to the Online Dictionary; a clone is defined as “a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived.” I always thought that cloning was impossible, and is just science fiction....   [tags: Genetic Cloning, Genetics, Genes] 812 words
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DNA Donation: A Personal Choice - Moral choices, ethical dilemmas, personal biases, and strong opinions tend to go hand in hand; you certainly cannot have one without the other. The topic of this paper is an ethical dilemma that will cause me to make a moral choice; I am also personally biased and strongly opinionated in regards to the situation. The topic is the donation of my DNA for a research study; the goal of the study will be to find a variant of a gene that will resist specific bacterial diseases. If the company succeeds in finding this gene, it may be able to produce a drug to sell to people who have these diseases....   [tags: Medical Ethics ]
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Genetic Testing or DNA Testing - ... Furthermore, people test to understand how high of a risk their children currently have or will have of inheriting the same disease or disorder. Prenatal screening is when a baby gets screened before it has been born. Screening the baby before birth allows doctors to come up with dietary and medical restrictions as well as shape the lives of children that test positive for a disease or disorder. Doctors do this so that the child will have the least possible chance of developing a disease. Prenatal screening has become more recognized for the good it does....   [tags: deffects or mutations, genetic disorder]
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The DNA Replication Process - All living things on earth are made up of cells that contain DNA. Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA is the genetic material of living things that can be found in the nucleus of the cells (Alcamo, 1996). It contains the genes and the genetic codes that contain the information that are essential for life’s functions which are passed from generations to generations. DNA composes of two polynucleotide chains twisted around each other in the form of a double helix. According to Alcamo (1996), each strand of the DNA double helix can act as a template for the synthesis of a new complementary strand as it contains a sequence of nucleotides that is exactly complementary to the nucleotide sequence of its p...   [tags: genetic material of living things]
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Transgenic Animal with Human DNA - ... Transgenic animal with human DNA can benefit humans by utilising transgenic animals as disease models (Armao 2013; Bemis & Jo 2011; Martin & Caldwell 2011; Wolchover 2011). AIDS mouse, alzheimer's mice, oncomouse and transpharmers animal are some transgenic animals that are used as disease models (Martin & Caldwell 2011). According to Susan Wilson, associate director of Sanders University Animal Care, animals are modified by inserting human disease gene into an animal for the animal to be studied as disease models (Armao M 2013)....   [tags: selective breeding, animals rights] 575 words
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Procedure for Isolating Genomic DNA - List of Tables Table2.1. Agarose gel (1%) Table 2.2. (TBE)Tris borate EDTA buffer (10X) Table 2.3. TBE(1X) Table 2.4. Gel Loading dye (6X) Table 2.5. Ethidium Bromide Solution Table 2.6. Allele specific PCR primers Table 2.7. PCR reaction mixture and cycling conditions Table 2.8. PCR reaction mixture Table 2.9. SNP’s PCR(total reaction volume 50µl) Chapter 2:Materials and Methods Materials Table2.1. Agarose gel (1%) Serial no. Ingredient Amount(g/L) 1 Agarose gel 1 2 TBE buffer (1X) 100ml Table 2.2....   [tags: blood, gel, ethanol] 1239 words
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DNA and Crime Investigation - DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, which is found in almost all living things. DNA serves as a code for the creation and maintenance of new cells within an organism. Within humans, it is found in almost every cell. Although most of our DNA is found within the nucleus of our cells as nuclear DNA, a very small amount of our DNA is also found within the mitochondria as mitochondrial DNA. Because mitochondrial DNA is generally not used for solving crimes, for the purpose of this paper it will be disregarded....   [tags: Criminal Justice Essays]
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DNA Sets You Free - DNA Sets You Free In America, you are guilty unless proven innocent. There have been people who have been falsely accused and convicted of heinous crimes they did not commit before DNA was discovered. One movie called Conviction is based on a true story how DNA proved a man’s innocence for a heinous crime. There is statistics and facts of how people were convicted for crimes they did not commit before DNA was discovered. Officials use DNA for their databases to identify people; investigators use DNA to solve crimes....   [tags: Crime, Justice System, America, Innocent, Gulity]
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What are DNA Vaccines? - DNA vaccines have been researched, and scientists are trying to find ways to put them into use and cure diseases in humans and animals. Vaccines activate the protective immunity that is an effect natural infection, without having to become sick with an infection (Paul Offit, 2014). Vaccines reduced the probability of people today to get diseases like the measles, and other major infectious diseases (Anonymous, 2011). Vaccines are not always safe, and also lots of vaccines are not always as effective as wanted (Anonymous, 2011)....   [tags: Genetics, Trials, Research] 1137 words
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DNA Sequences and Species Boundaries - Discussion The use of genetic markers has been an effective way to examine population structure (Bucklin and Kocher 1996) and mitochondrial DNA sequences have been used broadly to delimit species boundaries (Wiens 1999) . More recently the use of mitochondrial DNA sequences has been contentious, and two extreme viewpoints have emerged (see review in Rubinoff and Holland 2005), one position criticizing the exclusive use of mtDNA while others have endorsed one particular gene (cytochrome c oxidase subunit I) as a universal marker....   [tags: Biochemistry] 2450 words
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Three Experiments Regarding DNA - Experiment #1 James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Francis Crick joined together for the finding of the structure of DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid. Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin used X-ray diffraction to study DNA through its images, and it was on April 1953 that they finally published the discovery of the structure of DNA; they discovered how the hereditary information is coded on the DNA as well as its replication. Watson found out from Franklin’s lectures that DNA existed in two forms of ways, which depended on the humidity of the air....   [tags: Biology, Protein, Bacteriophage] 522 words
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DNA Replicaiton Cause Cancer - ... Diet also lead people to cancer, consumption of red meat in big amount with specific amount of time could lead to intestine cancer. Nitrates and nitrites in meat interfere botulinic exotoxin production in the body (Divisi, Tommaso, Salvemini, Garramone, Crisci, 2006). People who are obese have a higher risk of cancer than the normal people are. V. Treatment People with cancer must be treated with particular treatment as it’s a state where they could be really sensitive about themselves and about the disease, cancer not only makes people down physically but also attack people’s mentality....   [tags: oncological analysis]
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DNA Replication and Heterochromatin - Heterochromatin is a tightly packed DNA region where genes in such regions are usually not transcribed. Numerous transposable elements (TEs) and repetitive DNA are found in heterochromatic regions. As they can transpose along the genome and disrupt gene functions, it is essential to repress such TEs and DNA repeats (Lippman et al., 2004). Heterochromatin is able to maintain internucleosomal interactions as well as chromatin fiber interactions between cis-elements. It can be passed on to subsequent generations and can control gene expressions by inhibiting transcription epigenetically, a process known as silencing....   [tags: anatomy, heterochromatin]
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DNA and Gene Sequencing - DNA and Gene Sequencing Introduction DNA and Gene Sequencing began in the mid-1970s. At this time, scientists could only sequence a few pairs of genes per year. They could not sequence enough to make up a single gene, much less the whole human genome. (DNA Sequencing) Beginning in the 1990s only a few labs had been able to sequence a mere 100,00 gene bases and the costs for sequencing were extremely high. Since then improvemetns in technology have incresed the speed and decresed the cost of gene sequencing to the point where some labs have sequenced well over 100 million DNA bases per year....   [tags: bioengineering, costs]
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DNA Hydroxymethylation of Mammals - Epigenetic changes refer to mechanisms which alter gene expression without altering the underlying DNA sequence. Sometimes, these changes are inherited throughout the cell’s life via cell division. Mechanisms that induce epigenetic changes include DNA methylation, histone modification, prions (which can be inherited without modifying the genome), and RNA signalling. This paper will focus on DNA hydroxymethylation in mammals. DNA methylation is a postreplicative modification that occurs when a methyl (-CH3) group is added at position 5 of the cytosine pyrimidine ring and “establishes a silent chromatin state by collaborating with proteins that modify nucleosomes.” (Rudolf Jaenisch, 2003)....   [tags: Medical Research]
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What is DNA Transcription? - Transcription is a process by which a DNA segment is copied into an RNA complementary sequence which is used to be translated into proteins. Transcription involves promoters that RNA polymerase bind at, isomerization, elongation and termination. These processes are regulated by binding proteins. Many factors influence the productivity of transcription including the supercoiling of DNA. There are two types of supercoiling, positive and negative. Positive supercoiling is when the double helix, right-handed DNA is twisted tighter and begins to knot or warp....   [tags: RNA, proteins, polymerase] 541 words
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DNA Profiling - From cases such as OJ Simpson to Chandra Levy, DNA profiling also called DNA fingerprinting or DNA typing has played a major role in the criminal justice system. The law enforcement community uses DNA profiling to rule out or identify suspects. Unlike hair microscopy, bite mark comparisons, shoe print comparisons, and firearm tool mark analysis, DNA typing has been developed through massive scientific research and has undergone meticulous scientific evaluation (Innocence Project). DNA is a foolproof method of identifying a perpetrator of a crime....   [tags: Forensic Science]
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DNA Report - Many people have heard about this mysterious DNA molecule but don’t know much about it (what it is, where it’s located, what it does, etc.) In this report it will state the basics and investigate this mysterious molecule: deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA is a thin chainlike molecule found in almost every cell (Rubenstein, 2006), and is used in developing and functioning all known living organisms (“Wikipedia”, 2009). DNA is a Hereditary Material in a human body, (“U.S. National”, 2009), genomes determine hereditary (Rubenstein, 2006)....   [tags: Biology] 876 words
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DNA Technologies - The structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 and revealed to the world by James Watson and Francis Crick.1 Since then, there has been a whirlwind of activity and discovery in the fields associated with DNA. We have found that DNA is not only a set of instructions for the body, but that it also contains a lot of information about the individual who “owns” the DNA. As it is rapidly becoming cheaper and easier to process DNA, it is becoming more difficult to make sure that there is adequate legislature to protect members of society....   [tags: Biology ] 1023 words
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DNA Testing - The criminal justice system is not perfect. Throughout the process there can be many errors that can result in the incarceration of an innocent person. There are examples of this in the case of Gerald Wayne Davis. Faulty eyewitness testimony and double jeopardy are two of errors that will be reviewed in this case. The focus is the use of unreliable scientific evidence. In the past non-DNA testing of evidence was use to prove guilt or innocence. These tests can be inconclusive and can be used to mislead a jury....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Bilogy: DNA Fingerprinting - DNA Fingerprinting When you were born you were given your own DNA. The genetic information you carry is very similar to your parents. Even though you and your parents have very similar DNA you also have genetic differences, one example is your fingerprint no one but yourself will have your unique fingerprint pattern. Police use what is called DNA Fingerprinting to extensively investigate crime scenes. DNA in/on a crime scene can be found through the process of DNA Fingerprinting. Police collect evidence from the crime scene to take in for testing....   [tags: Genetic Information, Fingerprint Pattern]
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DNA Repair Mechanism - 1.5 DNA repair mechanism DNA double strand breaks (DBSs) and single-strand breaks (SSBs) occur every day in cells and they are mostly caused by ionizing radiation, ultraviolet light, reactive oxygen species, errors during DNA replication, enzymes during meiosis. The repair of these DSBs and SSBs is essential to maintain genomic fidelity and stability. In order to combat DBSs and SSBs, cells have developed multiple distinct DNA repair mechanisms which detect damaged DNA, signal its presence and promote the repair of the damage (Jackson and Bartek, 2009)....   [tags: biology, oxygen, radiation] 2011 words
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Familial DNA Searching - Nowadays, DNA is a crucial component of a crime scene investigation, used to both to identify perpetrators from crime scenes and to determine a suspect’s guilt or innocence (Butler, 2005). The method of constructing a distinctive “fingerprint” from an individual’s DNA was first described by Alec Jeffreys in 1985. He discovered regions of repetitions of nucleotides inherent in DNA strands that differed from person to person (now known as variable number of tandem repeats, or VNTRs), and developed a technique to adjust the length variation into a definitive identity marker (Butler, 2005)....   [tags: Genetics]
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DNA Molecule - Haruan Channa striatus is in great demand in the Malaysian domestic fish market. Therefore, detailed knowledge of the genetic diversity and population genetics of Haruan C. striatus are needed for sound management, conservation, stock identification and successful fishing of the species. Haruan, the local name for the snakehead Channa striatus is an obligate freshwater fish of the family Channidae, which has important economic value as food fish, and has pharmacological properties as well as medicinal value (Mat Jais, 1991, 2007a, 2007b; Rahim et al., 2009; Jamaluddin et al., 2011)....   [tags: Biology, The Mitochondrial Cyt B] 648 words
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How DNA Helps to Solve Crimes - Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has been used to analyze and prove innocence or guilt of suspects of crimes with great accuracy. DNA is part of everyday life. It is the heredity material in humans and almost all other organisms. While being part of an investigation. DNA has helped to solve crimes. There is a couple ways that DNA left behind can be tested to solve a crime. Either if the suspect has been caught and or had his or her DNA tested, or if he or she has left behind any biological evidence. Which then needs to be tested to see if it matches the DNA found in the crime scene to his or hers DNA....   [tags: criminal justice] 565 words
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Gel Electrophoresis: Separating DNA and RNA - Gel electrophoresis is a procedure used in laboratories to separate DNA, as well as RNA and proteins. A gel slab is placed in a buffer-filled box and an electrical field is applied. The negatively charged DNA will migrate towards the positively charged side, where it can then be recorded and further analyzed. An example for the use of gel electrophoresis would be in identifying people. DNA is present in almost every cell of our body. Each person has a unique sequence of DNA base pairs that makes up our DNA fingerprint....   [tags: laboratory procedures]
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Pros and Cons of Recombinant DNA Technology - Introduction – A historical overview The history of rDNA technology dates back to 1865 when Gregor Mendel, using the pea plant demonstrated and proved some of the basic laws of genetics such as 1) Law of segregation, 2) Law of independent assortment and 3) Law of dominance. Mendel laid the foundation for genetics upon which experiments were conducted in later years. Later in 1915, T.H. Morgan established the fact that chromosome contains genes and these genes are linked through inheritance using Drosophila as a model organism....   [tags: anatomy, RNA]
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Biology: DNA Forensics - DNA forensics is a division of forensic science that focuses on the use of genetic material in criminal investigation to answer questions pertaining to legal situations, including criminal and civil cases. Through DNA testing, law enforcement officers are able to identify human remains or the individual responsible for a crime. DNA testing is a highly advanced scientific process that involves replicating the human DNA sequence to create a genetic map of an individual. Because of its reliability, DNA testing has become a significant factor in criminal cases....   [tags: genetic material, criminal investigation]
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Timeline on Our Understanding of DNA and Heredity - 1944 (Avery); 1950 (Chargaff); 1952 (Franklin); 1953 (Watson and Crick). For each of the events, summarize what happened in relation to our understanding of DNA and heredity. Include an illustration for each event to help explain what happened in that year. Make sure that the events on your timeline are spaced appropriately (equal intervals between years). Provide the answer to this question on your timeline: Why do you think most of the events happened within the past 150 years even though people have been speculating about heredity for thousands of years 470-399 BC Socrates wondered why children don’t always look like their parents....   [tags: history of genetics] 1445 words
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Investigating the DNA - Investigating the DNA Objectives 1. Understand the semiconservative nature of DNA replication. Realize that the process begins at unique origins of replication, and proceeds bidirectionally. 2. Know that DNA synthesis is catalyzed by a family of enzymes called DNA polymerases. Understand that DNA polymerase has a requirement for a template on which to synthesize the new DNA strand, and for a primer from which to extend the DNA strand. 3. Understand the various functions of the RNA polymerases, such as exonuclease and polymerase activities, and their function in the replication process....   [tags: Papers] 1204 words
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DNA and Replication - DNA and Replication You pose an interesting question – There are different types of Human DNA – which there are various classifications, Chromosomal DNA and Mitochondrial DNA. There is also the DNA present from normal flora microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, mites, etc. Some of this microorganism DNA may be significant, such as E. coli DNA in the gut or Staphylococcus DNA on the skin. You even have DNA present from viruses of bacteria such as phage DNA. Some human viruses may be present in blood cells such as EBV, CMV in nerve cells like herpes simplex 1, in skin cell like HPV (human papilloma virus) or integrated into the Human Chromosomal DNA such as v...   [tags: Papers] 1297 words
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First DNA Death Row Exoneration - ... At the time of the murder, one would suspect that Kimberly Shay Ruffner would be the obvious and prime suspect in Dawn Hamilton’s murder. Ruffner stayed near the area where Dawn’s body was found. Ruffner had just been released from jail and he was known as a sexual criminal with a preference for little girls. But instead the prosecutors and police from Baltimore focused on a man who had no criminal record, with a stable family background from the Eastern Shore – Kirk Bloodsworth. (Hanes, 2004) In March of 1985, Kirk Bloodsworth, a former Marine discus champion, was arrested and convicted from the sexual assault and murder of Dawn Hamilton on 7 August 1984....   [tags: prosecutors, dawn hamilton] 922 words
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Dna And Crime - DNA and Crime Deoxyribonucleic Acid - the fingerprint of life also know as DNA was first mapped out in the early 1950’s by British biophysicist, Francis Harry Compton Crick and American biochemist James Dewey Watson. They determined the three-dimensional structure of DNA, the substance that passes on the genetic characteristics from one generation to the next. DNA is found in the chromosomes in the nucleus of a cell. "Every family line has it’s own unique pattern of restriction-enzyme DNA fragments....   [tags: essays research papers] 1274 words
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The DNA Molecule - The DNA Molecule In the autumn of 1951, James Watson (left) and Francis Crick (right) started work on unravelling the structure of DNA. It was known at the time that DNA was present in the nucleus of every living cell, and that it had something to do with heridity, but without a knowledge of its structure little more could be understood about how it actually worked. They approached the problem with the same methodology that had been pioneered by Linus Pauling, who after years of exhaustive study had earlier discovered that many proteins exhibited a helical structure....   [tags: Papers] 786 words
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DNA Testing and the Conviction of Criminals - DNA Testing and the Conviction of Criminals There have been many incidents where cases have needed a solid prosecution in order to convict the defendant in a murder or rape case. This is where DNA Testing comes in to help. By taking a DNA test, a person can be found guilty or not guilty. If a person claims they have been raped there can be a sperm sample taken from the suspect in order to prove that he is guilty or not. In addition, in a murder case there can be blood taken from the suspect so they can tell of his innocence....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Use of DNA in Forensics - The Use of DNA in Forensics DNA (noun) [deoxyribonucleic acid] first appeared 1944 : any of various nucleic acids that are usually the molecular basis of heredity, are localized especially in cell nuclei, and are constructed of a double helix held together by hydrogen bonds between purine and pyrimidine bases which project inward from two chains containing alternate links of deoxyribose and phosphate. What is forensics. fo*ren*sic [1] (adjective) First appeared 1659 1 : belonging to, used in, or suitable to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate....   [tags: Papers] 896 words
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DNA Profiling Used in Courts - DNA Profiling Used in Courts DNA profiling is a technique often used to identify criminals or the biological parents of a child through the analysis of their deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The technique is very successful as it is based on the fact that every person possesses their own individual set of DNA, which is unique to them with the exception of identical twins. DNA found in materials such as blood, semen, bone and hair is extracted for analysis. There are issues involved in its application as it can be seen as an invasion of ones privacy through the use of DNA banks....   [tags: Papers] 921 words
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