Is Genetic Fingerprinting the most important innovation of the past 100 years?

Posted by de57 at Mar 19, 2013 09:45 AM |
Online poll lists University of Leicester discovery as a contender in national campaign
Is Genetic Fingerprinting the most important innovation of the past 100 years?

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys discovered Genetic Fingerprinting in 1984

Genetic Fingerprinting – the revolutionary technique discovered by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys from the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester, is a contender for ‘Most Important British Innovation of the 20th Century’.

In an online poll, organised in celebration of National Science and Engineering week, members of the public will vote on what they think is the most important innovation in science and technology from the last 100 years and the one that is most likely to shape the future.

Professor Jeffreys discovery, a pioneering method of biological identification, opened a whole new area of forensic science and has become integral to modern criminal investigations.

In 2010, the discovery was applauded as the 'second most important discovery in the history of scientific research' in a poll of hundreds of academics as part of Universities Week.

The Great British Innovation Vote lists British innovations in theory, scientific understanding, engineering and technology and was launched by Prof Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge.

Click here if you want to cast your vote for Genetic Fingerprinting.

 

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