WISRD is proud to announce the first collaboration between the Life Sciences Lab (LSL) and the mainstream Wildwood curriculum. In development right now is a Forensics lesson plan. Framed in the narrative of a murder mystery written by project co-leader Conor Grice. The curriculum will focus on the science behind a forensic investigation. This involves:

  • Fingerprinting: what gets left behind, what leaves the shape (why friction ridges?), why is everybody’s different? Are there genetically inherited shapes?
  • Blood typing: ABO, Rh type. Genetic inheritance, function of different proteins, usefulness as identifier
  • DNA sampling: How are they used/compared to known DNA, which snippets of DNA are most useful/diagnostic to amplify, what about relatives?

The lesson will take place in late March early April in the Advanced Biology class for Wildwood seniors.