JS 185: DNA and Crime

Time: R 1500-1745

Location: HB 407

Description

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of DNA and the application of DNA to solving crime. Students will be introduced to DNA testing utilized in criminal casework and convicted offender DNA databases. Students will become familiar with the scientific concepts, methods, practices and analytical instrumentation utilized for DNA analysis. Legal issues including national standards for quality assurance, validation, legal admissibility and training will also be covered.

Course Text and materials: Required Texts: Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing. John Butler 2010. ISBN 9780123749994. Academic Press Forensic DNA Analysis. Rudin, N. and K. Inman. 2nd Edition. 2001. ISBN: 0849302331 Publisher: CRC Press; 2nd edition (December 21, 2001) 312 pp. You may also replace the Butler book from 2010 with the following book- Forensic DNA Typing: Biology and Technology Behind STR Markers John Butler PhD. 2005. ISBN: 0-12-147952-8, 688pp. Academic Press Required reading and Internet materials: Journal articles and other readings will be accessible at the SJSU library, on reserve or will be accessible on line. Citations and URLs for on line materials will be provided in assignments. These will include: • President’s DNA Initiative: www.dna.gov • STRENGTHENING FORENSIC SCIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES A PATH FORWARD 2009. NRC - http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12589&page=R1 NIST STRBase: http://www.cstl.nist.gov/div831/strbase/index.htm NCJRS publications - http://www.ncjrs.org/forensic/publications.html-http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/sciencetech/dna_pub.htm : Human Genome Project Links- http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/forensics.shtml: and others http://www.forensic.to/links/pages/Forensic_Sciences/Field_of_expertise/DNA/ : http://www.mass.gov/cpcs/links/, and Genetic Witness: Forensic Uses of DNA Testing, Office of Technology Assessment; http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota/disk2/1990/9021/9021.PDF

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