As part of our centenary celebrations, a number of the Society’s Honorary Members have been asked to talk about the important moments in their careers and the future of the discipline. The fourth to be released is that of Alec Jeffreys who spoke to his former Phd student John Armour about working in the golden ages of genetics.
Professor Jeffreys’ ‘Eureka moment’ occurred in his Leicester lab when looking at an x-ray film of a technician. Alec realized he could demonstrate the links between the technician and her parents whilst revealing her own unique genetic profile. DNA fingerprinting has become an indelible part of society with a massive impact on court case work, paternity, immigration.
Previous interviewees have included Michael Berridge, Tim Hunt and Greg Winter.