Legacy of Leicester: DNA Fingerprinting

Posted by uatemp13 at Oct 16, 2013 05:35 PM |
Second podcast and Leicester Exchanges report on Legacy of Leicester campaign
Legacy of Leicester: DNA Fingerprinting

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

The Legacy of Leicester is a chance to look back at seven great achievements for which the University is renowned, and through which it has contributed to the world we live in today. Seven discoveries: one for each of the decades since University College Leicester received the Royal Charter to become a University in its own right.

Alec Jeffreys joined our Department of Genetics in 1977, where he directed his research towards variability in human DNA. His ‘eureka moment’ seven years later was the realisation that human DNA could produce consistent, unique patterns and that these could be used to not only identify individuals but also indicate familial relationships.

Subsequently hailed as one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century, the discovery was immediately put to use in tracking down the murderer of two women in Leicestershire, exonerating a false suspect, and remains vital to police forces, courts, and governments the world over.

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys discusses his discovery with Dr Turi King of the Department of Genetics and Dr John Bond OBE of the Department of Chemistry in a new podcast below, while Dr Bond reflects on the discovery on Leicester Exchanges here.

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