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DNA Profiling

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

DNA Profiling (sometimes called DNA fingerprinting) is a powerful identification tool. In this laboratory-based workshop, you will run DNA profiles on sheep DNA – and use the resulting profiles to solve a mystery!

Please note, this course takes place at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre. On arrival, please report to the reception desk in the Centre Building (next to the Roslin Institute) where you will be signed in.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge or laboratory experience is required.

Content of Course

This workshop will allow you the chance to use the state-of-the-art laboratory at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC). The EBSOC team will guide you through activities designed to help you gain an understanding of DNA profiling using gel electrophoresis. The session will close with a discussion involving researchers from The Roslin Institute.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course the student will be able:

  • Explain how restriction enzymes cut DNA;

  • Interpret and discuss experimental results.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.