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genetic fingerprint

  • n  biometric identification obtained by examining a person's unique sequence of DNA base pairs; often used for evidence in criminal law cases
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  • DNA links mysterious Yeti to ancient polar bear
    Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes says he may have solved the mystery of the Abominable Snowman, the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas also known as the Yeti. He thinks it’s a bear, based on two samples sharing a genetic fingerprint with a polar bear jawbone found in the Norwegian Arctic that is at least 40,000 years old.
    Oct. 18, 2013 - Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Glacial history affects shape and growth habit of alpine plants
    Alpine plants that survived the Ice Ages in different locations still show accrued differences in appearance and features. These findings were made by botanists from the University of Basel using two plant species. So far, it was only known that the glacial climate changes had left a "genetic fingerprint" in the DNA of alpine plants.
    Oct. 17, 2013 - EurekAlert!

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