DNA technology has improved methods of identification by replacing the use of fingerprints. Although fingerprinting is still used, DNA "fingerprinting" is being used more and more.
"DNA fingerprinting dates back to 1985 when it was first developed in England by Sir Alec Jeffreys, and it has been considered the greatest achievement in forensic science since the development of fingerprinting as a means of personal identification more than one hundred years ago."
DNA "fingerprinting" has assisted law enforcement with identifying criminals and with exonerating individuals who were falsely accused of a crime. DNA "fingerprinting" has been utilized in paternity cases, most recently in the Anna Nicole Smith paternity case.