Fall 2021 - MBB 669 G100

Special Topics in Genomics (3)

Forensic Genomics

Class Number: 4214

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Tue, Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 435 or 835.



Consideration of recent research literature on contemporary topics in genomics.


A focus on the molecular and genomic biology associated with forensic science, including genome structure, genotyping, genetic analysis of DNA fingerprints, DNA data bases and CODIS, Y STRs. mtDNA and ethical considerations of DNA typing.

  1. Background and history of forensic science
  2. Evidence
  3. DNA typing
  4. Genome structure and genetics
  5. DNA fingerprinting
  6. STR analysis
  7. Y STR/paternity testing
  8. Mitochondrial DNA
  9. DNA databases
  10. Public DNA services
  11. Genetic genealogy
  12. Advances in forensic genomics
  13. Applications of forensic genomics
  14. Ethical considerations of DNA collection


  • Exam 1 15%
  • Exam 2 15%
  • Exam 3 15%
  • Presentation 25%
  • Paper 30%



There is no textbook for this course.

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