DNA pioneer Sir Alec Jeffreys gives verdict on FSS

2 March 2012

The British geneticist who pioneered techniques for DNA fingerprinting and profiling - who gave a public lecture at the Royal Society of Chemistry on 1st March - said the death of the government's Forensic Science Service (FSS) could leave a world leading research base in terminal decline.

"The death of what was once the flagship of UK forensic science is very sad," he told the RSC, "and the future of UK forensic research is parlous in the extreme, though in fairness some of the commercial providers do conduct research though largely at the translational end of the spectrum. The sad fact remains that any future transformative development in forensics is most unlikely to emerge from the UK unless the science base is rescued."

The Royal Society of Chemistry

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