Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology

Forensic Biotechnology

Course code
Name of lecturers
Franco Tagliaro, Rossella Gottardo, Stefania Turrina
Franco Tagliaro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2021 al Jun 11, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

Acquisition of the basic legal knowledge and forensic background necessary for the practice of the profession of biotechnologist in the modern social context. Acquisition of basic knowledge of the modern technological approach in the forensic biomedical investigation.


- Introduction to Forensic Medicine
- The theory of causation
- Main concepts of the the penal and civil codes of interest for the health care system
- The lawfulness and ethical justification of the health care
- Professional secrecy
- The information to the Judicial Authority
- The certification of health conditions
- Crimes against life and personal safety and integrity
- Profiles of civil and criminal liability in healthcare
- Compensation of damages to the person
- The social insurance system
- Elements of ethics and deontology

- forensic toxicology: general aspects
- biological matrices which can be used in forensic toxicology: analytical and interpretative aspects;
- pre-analytical treatment of biological samples
- Liquid and Gas Chromatography: theoretical and application aspects
- Detection techniques: UV, UV-Vis, fluorescence, mass spectrometry
- validation of analytical methods

- Introduction to Forensic Genetics
- Biological sample collection, storage and characterization
- Forensic biological samples: DNA extraction and Quantification
- DNA Amplification: fundamental concepts of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and artifacts deriving from it
- Genetic Markers used in Forensic Genetics
- Forensic DNA Typing and Issues in interpreting genetic profiles
- Forensic Biostatistic parameters
- Paternity and Relationship Testing
- Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Laboratory
- DNA in Court – DNA Evidence

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
J.M. Butler Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Methodology Elsevier 2011
A.C. Moffat, M.D. Osselton, B. Widdop Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons (Edizione 4) PhP 2011
Peter Vanezis Essential Forensic Medicine (Edizione 1) John Wiley & Sons 2020 9780470748633

Assessment methods and criteria

oral in presence or from remote according to indications from the university

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