Similar term(s): DNA fingerprinting .
This is a technique in which an individual's DNA is analysed to reveal the
pattern of repetition of particular [sequences]. This pattern is claimed to be
unique to the individual concerned.
The technique is widely used for identification purposes in forensic medicine
and veterinary science; it is also used to settle paternity suits. Very small
samples of body tissues, such as blood, semen, or hair can provide sufficient
DNA for test purposes.
Español: Huella genética
Français: Empreinte génétique