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Alec Jeffreys


Who is Alec Jeffreys?

Alec Jeffreys: Professor Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used worldwide in forensic science to assist police detective work and to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. He is a professor of genetics at the University of Leicester, and he became an honorary freeman of the City of Leicester on 26 November 1992. In 1994, he was knighted for services to science and technology.

  • also known as Alec John Jeffreys, Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, Professor Sir Alec John Jeffreys
  • born on (66 years ago) in Oxford
  • nationality: United Kingdom
  • education:
  • profession: Scientist, geneticist, professor
  • Marriage with Susan since
  • some of the awards:
      • Albert Einstein World Award of Science (For his valuable and pioneering contributions to Biological Sciences, specifically in the field of Genetics.)
      • Royal Medal
      • Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (For development of two powerful technologies—Southern hybridization and DNA fingerprinting—that together revolutionized human genetics and forensic diagnostics.), with Edwin Southern

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Google previewForensic Investigation Handbook (2005)

An Introduction to the Collection, Preservation, Analysis, and Presentation of Evidence by Michael Fitting Karagiozis, Richard Sgaglio

Sir Alec Jeffreys is a brilliant chemist who developed the original system for breaking DNA into bands that can be read much as bar codes.

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry (2016)

by Richard Rennie, Jonathan Law

British biochemist Alec Jeffreys (1950–) devises DNA profiling. US biochemist Kary Mullis (1944–) invents the polymerase chain reaction for amplifying DNA.

Google previewBlack's Veterinary Dictionary (2015)

DNA 'fingerprinting' of human beings was first described by Dr Alec Jeffreys of Leicester University in 1985; and has since been used to prove the identification of sires of many different animal species. The first case concerned ...

Google previewThe Thinking Person's Royal Encyclopedia (2011)

by King Roman

DNA fingerprinting Method developed by British geneticist Alec Jeffreys in 1984 to isolate and image DNA sequences, which has helped ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues [4 volumes] (2010)

by Michael Shally-Jensen

The use of DNA in police investigations was the result of significant scientific advances made primarily by Sir Alec Jeffreys, professor of genetics at the University of Leicester in England. Jeffreys coined the term “DNA fingerprinting” after ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the End (2008)

Mysterious Death in Fact, Fancy, Folklore, and More by Deborah Noyes

entist Alec Jeffreys, who spearheaded the development of DNA fingerprinting, used the technique to identify a skeleton found in Brazil in 1979. Comparing the bones to those of living relatives, Jeffreys confirmed that the remains had once ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Anthropology (2005)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by H. James Birx

Although it was first discovered in 1980 by David Botstein and coworkers, it was Sir Alec Jeffreys (English biochemist) who first discovered its application in “DNA fingerprinting.” Jeffreys brought DNA fingerprinting into the criminal justice ...

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