NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The story of modern molecular forensics begins, unlikely enough, with a hunk of seal meat.

In 1984, University of Leicester professor Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, was at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge working to isolate the gene for myoglobin from a grey seal specimen. His plan was to use the seal gene – which is highly expressed – as a probe for isolating the less abundant human version.

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