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restriction enzymes in dna fingerprinting

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restriction enzymes in dna fingerprinting

Postby mattw » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:59 pm

In DNA comparisons between two people, which genes or sequences are chosen to compare? You can't compare all the chromosomes, because there are 3 billion base pairs. So which restriction enzymes are used, which sections of dna are chosen for comparison, how are they selected out, and how are the genes that are not going to be compared thrown away?
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Postby canalon » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:47 pm

In a few year if sequencing cost keep going down, it will be possible to compare all genomes indeed. The 1000 dollars genome has never been so close.

But in the mean time there are quite a few different techniques that are used, and they are quickly and accurately presented in the pit of all evil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_profiling
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