When: 16th May 2016, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Science Museum IMAX, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD
£: Tickets cost £25 for members of the Royal Society of Biology and £40 for non-members.
What is it?
The inventor of forensic DNA fingerprinting tells his story at the Science Museum on Monday 16th May 2016.
Sir Alec Jeffreys had his ‘eureka’ moment in 1984 when he noticed that the DNA results he first thought were ‘a complete mess’ would give him the ability to identify individuals. The technique he had discovered was soon called DNA fingerprinting and has since solved numerous immigration, paternity and murder cases. It is also used extensively in conservation and wildlife diversity work.
Professor Alison Woolard FRSB will interview Sir Alec on his famous discovery, and how it led to revolutionary advancements in forensic science worldwide; including well-known stories of crimes being solved around the world, and where it has led Sir Alec in his research today. The evening will include clips from the critically acclaimed ITV dramatisation of Sir Alec’s story, Code of a Killer. There will also be the opportunity to ask him questions.
More info: www.rsb.org.uk/events