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DNA Extraction and Quantitation

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Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory or CCI-Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This 5-day course (40-hour) provides students with a basic understanding of the theory and practice of DNA extraction and quantitation. The course focuses on laboratory exercises. Topics covered include: 1) Handling and sampling of biological evidence; 2) Properties of the DNA molecule; 3) Principles underlying organic and non-organic DNA extraction methods; 4) Differential extraction of sexual assault evidence; 5) The theoretical basis of commonly used DNA quantification procedures; and 6) Practical experience with organic extraction of blood, buccal, and mock sexual assault samples; 7) qPCR quantification of DNA; and 8) Proper use of controls in DNA extraction and quantification. Each class is limited to 12 students.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, group discussions, and laboratory exercises
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
SWGDAM required courses or consent of class coordinator
Pre-course reading material may be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
$75.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
POST-certified; a tuition fee of $480 will be required for private sector or out-of-state applicants. Make checks payable to the California Department of Justice.

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