Tribute to Sir Alec Jeffreys in landmark BBC programme

Posted by er134 at Apr 04, 2013 12:05 PM |
Genetic fingerprinting and DNA techniques used to identify Richard III honoured in a BBC Radio 4 programme

A BBC Radio 4 programme celebrating 60 years of DNA, broadcast on Saturday 23 March 2013 and presented by Lord Robert Winston, featured the invention of DNA fingerprinting and the Search for Richard III at the University of Leicester.

The show focused significantly on the work of Sir Alec Jeffreys (pictured), Emeritus Professor of Genetics. Sir Alec was one of the first to discover inherited variation in human DNA and subsequently invented DNA fingerprinting in 1984.  He showed how it can be used to resolve issues of identity and kinship and created the field of forensic DNA.

The show also brought the science of DNA up to date, referencing the way in which the remains of King Richard III were identified using DNA techniques.

You can listen to the broadcast here.

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