This is the authors' final draft of the paper published as Legal Medicine, 2005, 7, pp.244-250. The definitive published version is available via www.sciencedirect.comIt has been twenty years since the first development of DNA fingerprinting and the start of forensic DNA typing. Ever since, human tandem repeat DNA sequences have been the main targets for forensic DNA analysis. These repeat sequences are classified into minisatellites (or VNTRs) and microsatellites (or STRs). In this brief review, we discuss the historical and current forensic applications of such tandem repeats
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