Learn the basics behind the forensic applications of DNA and help to solve a ‘murder’.

  • Investigating a mystery in the lab.

    Credit: Royal Institution


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This workshop is designed for students between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, and lasts for around four hours including a 30 – 40 minute break for lunch (not provided).

The maximum group size is 24. Actual group sizes depend on age and circumstance, for more info contact the team at

During this workshop students get to experience what it would be like to work in a forensics lab investigating a fictional crime scene scenario. They will evaluate the crime scene and suspect DNA samples using modern molecular biological techniques including restriction digests and gel electrophoresis. They will compare the bands formed on the gels to identify the criminal. This workshop is a great introduction to genetics and forensic analysis learning how scientists would approach a crime scene situation and how to pour and load gels; processes that many students do not have practical exposure to before attending university.

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