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    Genetic testing used to determine the biological parent of a child is called DNA fingerprinting. It is also often used to help solve crimes by determining whether crime scene DNA evidence could be the same as the suspect's DNA.

    DNA fingerprinting has been used to identify unknown people, such as military personnel killed in action or crime victims.

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