I would like to make my own DNA fingerprint - just for fun to have my "autoportrait":).

I was looking around a bit and all the commercial kits you can have are very expensive. Can you suggest me a cheaper way to do it - which DNA extraction protocol do you recommend?

I have access to restriction enzymes, we have several different pcr polymerases (Herculase, pfu). Can this be used to make PCR with human DNA? I found this list with primers for different STR loci. http://www.cybertory.org/resources/CODIS/#Primers

If I understand it correctly I have to extract DNA, digest it with restriction enzyme and make a pcr with each of primer pair and than load it to a gel and make a picture. Am I getting it right?

Thank you for your answers!

  • $\begingroup$ You might be interested by this Ted talk $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Jan 8 '14 at 14:16
  • $\begingroup$ What about SNPs instead of fingerprinting or STRs? There are some companies which perform genotyping at hundreds of thousands of loci for acceptable money. $\endgroup$ – alephreish Jan 8 '14 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ The idea is that I do it by my self not just send DNA to some company. $\endgroup$ – MartinK Jan 8 '14 at 16:39

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