DNA fingerprinting

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DNA fingerprinting

Alec Jeffreys and genetic fingerprinting

In 1984, Alec Jeffreys discovered the technique of genetic fingerprinting in a laboratory in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester. In 2012 Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys retired after more than 35 years' service to the University. Throughout that time, he not only continued to pursue his research interests but also continued to teach each new cohort of students.

This website, collecting together interviews and information about Sir Alec's life and work, was originally created in 2009 for the 25th anniversary of his world-changing discovery.

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