25 years of DNA Fingerprinting

The development of DNA genetic fingerprinting, from its discovery on 10 September 1984 to its first uses in forensic criminal profiling, paternity disputes, and beyond.

What is DNA genetic fingerprinting?

The history of genetic fingerprinting

Genetic fingerprinting explained - Bullet-point guide to the key facts on DNA, genetic fingerprinting and genetic profiling.

The science behind genetic fingerprinting

Hotspots and minisatellites

The impact of DNA fingerprinting over 25 years

AJ LabThe Gene Genius - Highlights of the impact of DNA genetic fingerprinting.

A century of human genetics: Exploring variation and mutation in the human genome - paper by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.

What Sir Alec Did Next… - Feature from LE1 magazine examining Sir Alec's research after DNA fingerprinting.

The discovery that altered destinies - The first man to be exonerated from Death Row based upon Professor Jeffreys' genetic fingerprinting discovery.


Information collected for the 20th Anniversary of DNA fingerprinting

Chronology of DNA fingerprinting at Leicester

1977: Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys Joined the University of Leicester

1979: Professor Jeffreys is joint first to describe how to detect human genetic variation at the DNA level, and first to produce a pretty good estimate of how many sites in the genome, where genetic variation occurred

1984: Professor Jeffreys is first to discover DNA Fingerprinting

1985: First immigration case solved by DNA fingerprinting

First paternity case solved by DNA fingerprinting

First identification of identical twins using DNA fingerprinting

1986: First criminal investigation to implement DNA fingerprinting evidence

1988: First detailed description of the rate of mutation in humans at the DNA level

Early 1990s: First to develop sperm analysis technology

1992: Identification of Josef Mengele by DNA analysis from skeletal remains

1996: Professor Jeffreys contributes to work by Professor Yuri Dubrova investigating mutations caused by the Chernobyl disaster

1998: First to describe in detail what a recombination ‘hotspot’ is

2001: Work contributing to the ‘International HapMap Project’

Sir Alec's present research: Further analysis of recombination hotspots, what causes them and what affects they have on human genetic diversity?

The Implications of recombination on genes linked to diseases such as thalassaemia and diabetes

Share this page: