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DNA fingerprinting that focuses on the genes encoding ribosomal RNAs.

Ribotyping is a rapid means of phylogenetic analysis that is used particularly in comparing among prokaryotic species. It can be combined with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to perform phylogenetic analysis on organisms for which little actual material is available.

The technique, however, is less precise relative to simply sequencing ribosomal RNAs, which today is a relatively trivial matter once DNA is available, though with the caveat that organisms can possess numerous rRNA genes that are spread throughout their genomes.

Ribotyping, along with DNA fingerprinting, are examples of restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis.