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Who Was King Tut’s Father?

Watch the discovery Channel video about how this was done by the actual scientists!

Learning Objectives:  Construct a model of a DNA electrophoresis using DNA segments from 3 mummies. Recognize specific DNA sequences by using radioactive DNA probes within a gel. Analyze the arrangement to identify the father of King Tut.

Key Concepts:  gel electrophoresis, DNA probes, paternity identification.

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Paper Gel Template

The DNA segments:

Standard DNA

King Tut

Amenhotep III


DNA probes



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