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After the Ghana immigration case, Alec Jeffreys

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Interviewee: Alec Jeffreys. Alec Jeffreys talks about DNA fingerprinting after the Ghana case. (DNAi Location: Applications > Human Identification > Family > After Ghana)
Transcript:
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.
Keywords:
alec jeffreys,molecular geneticist,immigration case,time technician,location applications,dnai,immigrant families,floodgates,interviewee,documentary evidence,queue,ghana,dna,part time
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