Chapter 5.6

Molecular Tests for Identity Objectives and Resources

This section describes the various uses for identity testing using molecular methods.  These include forensics, parentage testing, immigration, specimen identification, drug screening, bone marrow typing and monitoring for acceptance. (38 slides)


  • Define mutation and polymorphism
  • Discuss types of polymorphisms and structure and detection methods for each
  • Explain the process for parentage testing and analyze the test results
  • Define paternity index (PI)
  • Discuss molecular testing for gender identification and mitochondrial DNA
  • Discuss the various applications for molecular testing and identity Dolan DNA Learning Center – Molecular Applications:  Human Identification, Family Identification, Murder (forensics), Innocence (forensics).

Readings:  MD, Chapter 11