University of Leicester

Genetics: research and impact on science and society


The discovery of genetic fingerprinting by the University’s Department of Genetics has had profound implications for society as well as for the advancement of science. Applications in immigration, paternity testing and criminal investigation have affected the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Continuing innovative research is coupled with high-quality training of scientists and the promotion of the public understanding of science. It has led to the development of powerful technologies to study heritable DNA changes and continues to influence genetics research.