genetic fingerprinting


genetic fingerprint noun

Examples of genetic fingerprinting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though genetic fingerprinting known as genome sequencing helped health professionals conclude the infections most likely had the same origin, the department had yet to trace the outbreak to a common food source, the department said. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 23 July 2023 But this genetic fingerprinting process also works on the species level; all silver carp, for example, share an identical sequence of nucleotides at various places in their DNA., 30 Aug. 2021 His subsequent conviction resulted from a new tactic in wildlife preservation: The genetic fingerprinting methods that have been so successful in the criminal justice system are now being used to solve poaching crimes. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of genetic fingerprinting was in 1984

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“Genetic fingerprinting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

genetic fingerprinting

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