Introduction to DNA Analysis – Y STR and mtDNA

Online Continuing Education and Training in Forensic Sciences offers online training for forensic and medical professionals, law enforcement and ancillary professionals. Course topics range from toxicology to crime scene investigation

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Introduction to DNA Analysis – Y STR and mtDNA

Course Description:

This course will discuss how Y STR and mitochondrial DNA forensic analysis can assist with solving cases. This course will discuss the characteristics of both Y STR and mitochondrial DNA analysis and how these different forensic markers can be applied to solving cases. This course covers entry level concepts and is foundational to more advanced courses.

By the end of this course, one will be able to:

  • Understand the basic characteristics of the Y Chromosome
  • Understand the basic characteristics of mitochondrial DNA
  • Understand the benefit of Y STR analysis for criminal casework
  • Understand the benefit of mitochondrial analysis for criminal casework
  • Understand the statistical properties of these types of forensic comparisons

Course Type: On demand presentation

Length: Approximately 180 minutes

Presenter(s): Patricia A Melton

Dr. Patricia Melton is a senior research forensic scientist at RTI International where her primary responsibilities are to develop and coordinate forensic DNA research and business opportunities. Prior to going RTI international, Dr. Melton was a forensic practitioner and supervisor for nearly a decade in both a government forensic laboratory and state crime laboratory. In addition Dr. Melton has held academic positions at both Western Carolina University and Stevenson University supporting both forensic biology and biology programs. Dr. Melton remains currently engaged in the field of forensic science but maintaining status as a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and as an ASCLD-LAB Assessor.

Audience: Law Enforcement Personnel, Legal Professionals

Performance Requirement: Interactive questions will be included in the material to ensure participants understand the material.

Course Accreditation: Documentation of Attendance.