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Genetic fingerprinting

Similar term(s): DNA fingerprinting .

Definition:

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.

Source: Biology Online 

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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.

Source: Biology Online 

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Español: Huella genética
Français: Empreinte génétique

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