Identity testing

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Identity testing, formally DNA identity testing, is often seen on TV shows. It is used in forensic pathology and surgical pathology.

A set of commonly used STR loci. (USGov/WC)


  • Looks for short tandem repeats in non-coding regions of the genome.


See also


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  2. Cao, D.; Hafez, M.; Berg, K.; Murphy, K.; Epstein, JI. (Apr 2005). "Little or no residual prostate cancer at radical prostatectomy: vanishing cancer or switched specimen?: a microsatellite analysis of specimen identity.". Am J Surg Pathol 29 (4): 467-73. PMID 15767799.
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