Interview with Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

To reach the office of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys you have to walk through a lab -- past benches and shelves packed with labelled containers, past students busy at work. His office, which is barely separated from the scientific hum around it, contains little but a paper-strewn desk and a few shelves of books. All that catch the eye are the sheets of barcodes pinned up loosely around the walls – photographic printouts of the DNA structures that help to make up human life – and the haphazardly crammed cabinet of awards that celebrate his remarkable discovery that these barcodes represent a genetic fingerprint identifying each one of us as unique.

Jeffreys enters pulling off his lab gloves. Slight, bearded and straightforwardly friendly, he is, he says, the most ordinary man in the world – literally so because he uses himself as a control for his own experiments.

Follow the links below to read more:

DNA Fingerprinting

Current work

The value of blue skies research

Leicester’s department of genetics

Early life

The next 25 years

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