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Fact Sheet: DNA

last updated October 20, 2004


The History of DNA


·        DNA testing was first developed by the medical community in order to detect the presence of genetically inherited diseases.

·        Thanks to renowned British geneticist, Dr. Alec Jeffreys, DNA “fingerprinting” first became available in the early 1980s and achieved precision by the late 1980s.

·        This fingerprinting technique was first applied in a criminal investigation in the