Forensic investigations using cell and DNA technologies (Years 9&10) – At GTAC

COVID-19 Notice: This program has been modified to enhance physical distancing and infection control standards for delivery in 2022. GTAC continues to monitor the evolving COVID safety advice from the Department of Education and Training to ensure our programs adhere to School Operations Guidelines. All resources, equipment and our facilities receive a major clean between programs. 


The DNA profiles of suspects from the case

The DNA profiles of suspects from the case

This program immerses students in the field of forensic science as they use blood typing and DNA analysis to place a suspect at a crime scene. Through the examination of seminal cases students consider the role of forensic science in police investigations.

Students utilise models to explore the structure and function of DNA, the nature of chromosomes and the principles of inheritance and apply their understandings to the analysis of Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) to identify individuals.

In the laboratory: Students perform blood typing diagnostics to eliminate suspects from a crime scene. They then use E-gels to perform gel electrophoresis, creating a DNA profile for the remaining suspects and the blood found at the crime scene. They use their results to place a suspect at the crime scene.

Prior to attending the program at GTAC, we recommend students complete a supplementary critical thinking task available on our website. Click here to view this task.


Level – Years 9 & 10

Venue - At GTAC in Parkville

Program runs from 9:45am – 1:15pm with a 30 minute break at 11:15am at GTAC. 

Approximate dates - Term 2: 3rd May - 3rd June


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