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Medical Term:

DNA fingerprinting


Definition: a technique used to compare individuals by molecular genotyping. DNA isolated from a biologic specimen is digested and fractionated. Southern hybridization with a radiolabeled repetitive DNA provides an autoradiographic pattern unique to the individual.

Synonym(s): DNA profiling, DNA typing

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