DNA. It's what makes you unique. It's the stuff that tells each and every one of your body's 10 trillion cells what it's supposed to be and what it's supposed to do. And
although your DNA is different from that of every other person in the world—unless you have an identical twin—it's the same
in every cell that makes up your body.
That DNA is unique from person to person but the same from cell to cell in one person
can be a handy thing, especially when it comes to DNA fingerprinting. DNA fingerprints
can be used for anything from determining a biological mother or father to identifying the
suspect of a crime. And, as may someday prove to be the case with Sam Sheppard, it
can be used to clear someone's name.
But what exactly is a DNA fingerprint? Well, it certainly isn't an inky impression of
a DNA strand. Compared to unimaginably small DNA, a fingerprint is HUGE. So what is
it that we're looking at, and how is one of these fingerprints made?
Here's your chance to find out. You'll find out by solving a mystery—a crime of sorts. Solving the mystery
involves creating a DNA fingerprint (we'll supply the lab and all necessary
materials) and comparing this fingerprint to those of the suspects.