Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Guns and Roses" - DNA Sequence Alignment

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Charlie Eppes learns that the FBI lifted a number of DNA samples from a victim's apartment. He wants to try to determine something about the suspect's ancestry based on the samples. Although examining the DNA would not enable the FBI to identify a specific person, it is possible to identify certain traits like birth defects, red hair, or freckles.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions page.