Unique Identifiers in Animal DNA

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Unique Identifiers in Animal DNA
Scientists at the University of Arizona and elsewhere also have turned to genetic fingerprinting to identify individual animals
that have been poached or illegally trafficked, as well as to determine where imported animals came from.
As with human beings, a large number of variations in a relatively short sequence of DNA can make it possible to identify an individual
and to distinguish that animal from other members of the species.
DNA fingerprinting is commercially available for dogs, for example, for purposes like identifying a lost or stolen pet or tracing a pedigree.
Individual members of many species also have unique and identifiable genetic profiles.

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