After the Ghana immigration case, Alec Jeffreys
Interviewee: Alec Jeffreys. Alec Jeffreys talks about DNA fingerprinting after the Ghana case. (DNAi Location: Applications > Human Identification > Family > After Ghana)
The floodgates just opened, because of course this was extensively covered in the media. And what we hadn't realized, just how many immigrant families there were out there, you know, where the husband in this family couldn't get his wife and kids in from abroad because they hadn't got the documentary evidence. I mean literally thousands and thousands and thousands of families trapped in a queue. So within, as soon as that news broke, that here was a molecular geneticist gives you the answer, you can sort this out, the floodgates just opened up. We were inundated, I mean just calls pouring into the University. Remember at this time the only lab in the world that could do this was this lab here, which was basically me and a part-time technician. I mean it was just impossible, I mean great fun, but absolutely shattering.
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Alec Jeffreys talks about the resolution of the Ghana case.
London Times article announcing the verdict of the case of Sarbah vs. Home Office (Ghana Immigration Case, 1985
Alec Jeffreys talks about the difficulties of the case.
Shepherd's Bush Hammersmith Gazette article on the case of Sarbah vs. Home Office (Ghana Immigration Case, 1985
Alec Jeffreys talks about the first murder case.
Alec Jeffreys talks about other scientists' reactions to his method.
Alec Jeffreys (the "inventor" of DNA fingerprinting) explains repeats.
Alec Jeffreys talks about how he came up with the name.
An image of Alec Jeffreys.
Alec Jeffreys talks about making his first DNA fingerprint.