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VME 6573 – Wildlife Forensic Genetics

  • VME 6573 CREDITS: 3

    This course will introduce the student to the basic understanding of DNA and how it is used to identify species and individuals and provide evidence for criminal investigations. Topics will include DNA basics for forensics, collection and processing of DNA evidence, data analysis and interpretation, written reports and courtroom testimony. Upon completion of this course, the student will have basic knowledge of how DNA is used to identify species, gender and individual identification, chain of custody, how to write a report and what is expected during testimony.

    Topics:

    Module Topic
    Week 1 Historic Overview of Forensic DNA
    Week 2 Use of DNA for Animal Forensic Investigations
    Week 3 Species Identification and Individualization
    Week 4 Collection and Proper Storage of Evidence
    Week 5 Extracting DNA for Forensic Assays
    Week 6 Processing DNA: PCR Optimization, Efficiency, Reliability
    Week 7 Midterm Exam: Covering all Previous Material
    Week 8 Species tests
    Week 9 Interpretation of Data: Species Tests
    Week 10 Genetic Profiles (DNA Fingerprinting)
    Week 11 Interpretation of Data: Genetic Profiles (DNA Fingerprinting)
    Week 12 Written Report
    Week 13 Expert Witness Testimony
    Week 14 Wildlife Involving CITES
    Week 15 Final Exam: Covering all Previous Material

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