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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 613-616

Understanding the basics of DNA fingerprinting in forensic science


1 Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Padmashree Dr DY Patil Dental College and Hospital Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Padmashree Dr DY Patil Dental College and Hospital Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Padmashree Dr DY Patil Dental College and Hospital Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Vasavi Krishnamurthy
Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, V701, Guru Samridhi Height Plot No. 2, Sector-14, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai-400705, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10011-1233

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Scientific technology has recently made significant progress in the area of human genetics. The discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has proven to be momentous for science. Dr Alec Jeffreys found that certain regions of DNA contained DNA sequences that were separated over and over again next to each other. He also discovered that the number of repeated sections present in a sample could differ from individual to individual which is the basis for its use in forensic science. Though the use of such knowledge is not fully realized yet, there is limitless potential for the subject. This paper aims to describe the basics to understand the various methods of DNA fingerprinting and its applications in forensic science.


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