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Research Seminar (14 Mar 2013)

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Research Seminar

The Strategic Research Theme on Genomics
Centre for Genomic Sciences

DNA Fingerprinting and
the Turbulent Genome

By

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, FRS

Professor of Genetics, University of Leicester


14 March 2013 (Thursday)
2:00 – 3:00pm


Lecture Theatre 4

Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre, Faculty of Medicine Building

21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
 

Abstract:
DNA fingerprinting, accidentally invented in 1984, has revolutionized many areas of biology, most notably forensic and legal medicine. I will describe how DNA typing can be used to solve casework and will review the latest developments, including the creation of major national DNA databases that are proving extraordinarily effective in the fight against crime. I will also discuss how this work led to the discovery of some of the most unstable regions of human DNA, and how these in turn have opened the way to exploring the fundamental processes of mutation and recombination that generate all human DNA diversity.

About the Speaker:
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys is a distinguished geneticist and internationally respected pioneer in DNA fingerprinting. His research discovery revolutionized forensic and legal medicine, and has impacted on the lives of millions of people worldwide. In recognition of his contributions to medical research and society, the University shall confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Science at the 188th Congregation (2013). Details http://www4.hku.hk/hongrads/index.php/graduate_detail/317

 

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