DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab

Tracing ancestry with genetics

    • Use DNA fingerprinting to help scientists determine the parentage of a humpback whale calf
    • Challenge your pattern analysis skills to find the bands that must have been contributed by the father
    • Apply logic and knowledge of mammalian genetics to infer a pattern of inheritance

Difficulty Level: 


SKU: M3004
Lab techniques covered:
Gel Electrophoresis
Major HKDSE-related chapters: Recombinant DNA (Restriction enzyme), DNA fingerprinting

Teacher and Student Guide downloads:

Materials included:

  • DNA samples from baby whale (Luna), mother, three potential fathers 
  • GreenGel Cups
  • Running buffer
  • Pipette tips 
  • Microcentrifuge tubes