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Does DNA fingerprinting have medical uses?

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Yes. It can:

  • Match tissues of organ donors with those of people who need transplants.
  • Identify diseases that are passed down through your family.
  • Help find cures for those diseases, called hereditary conditions.

SOURCES:

National Library of Medicine, Genetics Home Reference: “What is DNA?”

Wellcome Genome Campus: “What is a DNA Fingerprint/What is gel electrophoresis?”

University of Leicester (UK), department of genetics and genome biology: “Genetic fingerprinting explained / A beginner’s guide to DNA fingerprinting.”

Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center): “Discovery, development, and current applications of DNA identity testing.”

University of North Carolina Medical Center: “DNA Fingerprinting Assays for Evaluating Marrow Engraftment and Chimerism.”

National Institute of Justice: “DNA Evidence: Basics of Analyzing.”

Arizona State University School of Life Sciences: “Ask a biologist -- Agarose gel electrophoresis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 31, 2018

SOURCES:

National Library of Medicine, Genetics Home Reference: “What is DNA?”

Wellcome Genome Campus: “What is a DNA Fingerprint/What is gel electrophoresis?”

University of Leicester (UK), department of genetics and genome biology: “Genetic fingerprinting explained / A beginner’s guide to DNA fingerprinting.”

Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center): “Discovery, development, and current applications of DNA identity testing.”

University of North Carolina Medical Center: “DNA Fingerprinting Assays for Evaluating Marrow Engraftment and Chimerism.”

National Institute of Justice: “DNA Evidence: Basics of Analyzing.”

Arizona State University School of Life Sciences: “Ask a biologist -- Agarose gel electrophoresis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 31, 2018

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