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SCH2142 Forensic Genetics
Credit Points: 15
Forensic Genetics is based on DNA-typing. The genetic markers used, the underlying principles of DNA-typing and the techniques employed in DNA forensic laboratories are considered. Paternity testing and crime scene analysis are used to show the application of DNA-typing. Forensic DNA analysis is also applied to recent human ancestors such as the Romanovs and Ice Man; to our more distant ancestors, the Neandertals; and to students own mitochondrial DNA which is sequenced to identify their ancestral mothers, the so-called ‘Daughters of Eve’.  The importance of population genetic marker allele frequencies to all types of forensic genetic analyses is emphasised. DNA databases and their implications conclude this unit.

This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
K09Bachelor of Forensic Investigation
G83Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Biomolecular Science)
E69Bachelor of Science (Human Biology)
SMBIOMBiomedical Science 10 Unit Supporting Major
MIBIOMBiomedical Science Minor
MABIOMBiomedical Science Major
SMCHUMHUMAN BIOLOGY 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIHBIOHuman Biology Minor
MAHBIOHuman Biology Major
SMCGENHUMAN GENETICS 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIGENHuman Genetics Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2008 VET: 31/03/2008