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DNA Amplification for Forensic Analysts

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This course provides information in four lessons.

Amplification Overview. Learn the amplification process, from primer design to methods for optimizing the amplification process.

Locus Selection. Learn the established core STR and Y-STR loci used in the U.S., how those loci were selected, and common List STR kit manufacturers.

Multiplexing. Learn how multiplexing affects forensic DNA analysis; the components, instruments, and kits that make it feasible; and the historical development of forensic multiplex DNA kits.

Contamination. Learn to recognize the sources and minimize the risk of laboratory contamination, the processes that aid in the detection of contamination, and how to implement corrective action processes.

Date Created: June 1, 2007