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DNA fingerprinting

Edited by Robert Hine

in A Dictionary of Biology

Eighth edition

Published in print April 2019 | ISBN: 9780198821489
Published online April 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191860812
DNA fingerprinting

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The generation from a sample of DNA of a set of DNA fragments that are characteristic of that sample. DNA fingerprints can thus enable individuals, strains, species, etc. to be distinguished by variations in the base sequence of their genomes. Various techniques can be used to detect such variations, depending on the organism being studied, existing knowledge of the organism’s genome, etc. These include analysis of ...

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Subjects: Biological Sciences

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