The public conversation is loaded with references to DNA through news and drama featuring criminal investigations, home-testing kits that tell us about our health and ancestry, and new advancess in science.
DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It’s the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms, yet many people don’t know much about it at all. Two biochemists of the Faculty of Health Sciences are working to put those mysteries to bed through a new public course, called DNA Decoded, which is available to everyone.
The course takes students into a virtual lab to perform their own forensic analysis of DNA samples from a murder scene.