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DNA Profiling Techniques

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0002
DNA Profiling Techniques

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This chapter discusses issues related to DNA profiling techniques. It explains that DNA analysis is widely regarded as the “ultimate method of biological individualization” and explains the key differences between DNA analysis for forensics and DNA analysis for the Human Genome Project. The chapter discusses the different DNA typing systems, including polymerase chain reaction and another based on a kind of length variation called “restriction fragment length polymorphism.”

Keywords: DNA profiling; DNA analysis; biological individualization; forensics; Human Genome Project; polymerase chain reaction; RFLP

Chapter.  4536 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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