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DNA Fingerprinting Distance Learning Resources 

These DNA Fingerprinting resources, including interactive presentations and quizzes, are ideal for educators currently employing distance learning practices. They can also come in handy for any teachers looking to expand on the concepts covered by our hands-on DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab.

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Did you know that scientists identify individual whales based on the black and white markings on their flukes (the two halves of their tail)?  Whales in a competitive pod (a female and several males trying to mate with her) often break out of the water, revealing their flukes and pectoral fins in an attempt to impress the lady. 

In our DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab, students use gel electrophoresis to determine parentage of a female baby whale, Luna, from a whale pod.  Conservation biologists had followed the pod the previous year, narrowing down the potential father to three individuals. Students load, run, and document a gel to determine which of the three potential males is Luna’s father.


*Please make sure you have downloaded the file to your own personal drive before editing so you can turn on any student assessment and to ensure that student information stays in your distance learning ecosystem.

Zoom – This PowerPoint can be imported into Zoom. No Zoom specific enhancements have been made.

DNA Fingerprinting

PearDeck – Pear Deck is an Add-on to Google Slide or Microsoft Office 365. You must have an account on PearDeck to run this. No student information is kept by MiniOne since you are copying the published deck from PearDeck into your own account. This PearDeck does not have any grading functions.

Pear Deck for Office 365 PowerPoint

Pear Deck for Google Slides

Google Form Quiz  – This Google Form can be used in your own Google Drive or uploaded as an assignment into Google Classroom. Grading is turned on for the multiple choice questions but no points are assigned. No student information is kept by MiniOne since you are making a copy onto your own Google drive.

Google Form Quiz