DNA fingerprinting


the use of a DNA probe for the identification of an individual, as for the matching of genes from a forensic sample with those of a criminal suspect.

Origin of DNA fingerprinting

First recorded in 1985–90
Related formsDNA fingerprint, noun
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dna fingerprinting in Medicine

DNA fingerprinting


A method used to identify multilocus DNA banding patterns that are specific to an individual by exposing a sample of the person's DNA to molecular probes and various analytical techniques such as Southern blot analysis. DNA fingerprinting is often used to provide evidence in criminal law cases.genetic fingerprinting
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dna fingerprinting in Science

DNA fingerprinting

The use of a sample of DNA to determine the identity of a person within a certain probability. DNA fingerprinting is done by analyzing repeating patterns of base pairs in DNA sequences that are known to vary greatly among individuals.
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dna fingerprinting in Culture

DNA fingerprinting

A technique by which the DNA of an individual can be compared with that found in a sample or another individual. It differs from DNA sequencing in that it compares only a few features of two strands of DNA.


DNA fingerprinting is accepted as evidence in criminal trials, as well as in courts for establishing paternity and in identifying remains.
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