What is DNA Fingerprinting? - Process & Uses


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DNA fingerprinting allows us to identify an individual from a biological sample. Because of this, it is also sometimes called _____.

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1. PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, does what to a DNA sample?

2. Why are STRs, or short tandem repeats, useful for a DNA profile?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

DNA fingerprinting is important in crime forensics. Our study tools will help you learn more about this topic. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge about topics including another name for DNA fingerprinting and what PCR does to a DNA sample.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on:

  • PCR's role in DNA fingerprinting
  • Purpose of DNA fingerprinting
  • Another name for DNA fingerprinting
  • The process in which DNA fragments are separated with an electrical current
  • Reason why STRs are useful for a DNA profile

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on DNA fingerprinting
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason why STRs are useful for a DNA profile
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the process where DNA fragments are separated with an electrical current

Additional Learning

Uncover more about DNA fingerprinting by watching the accompanying lesson titled What is DNA Fingerprinting? - Process & Uses. The lesson will help you:

  • Review what DNA fingerprinting is
  • Learn about RFLPs and what creates them
  • Explain the process of electrophoresis visualization