Volume 95 Issue 37 | pp. 16-20
Issue Date: September 18, 2017

Thirty years of DNA forensics: How DNA has revolutionized criminal investigations

DNA profiling methods have become faster, more sensitive, and more user-friendly since the first murderer was caught with help from genetic evidence
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Forensics, DNA analysis, CODIS, Colin Pitchfork, Alec Jeffreys, DNA sequencing

The name Colin Pitchfork might not be as recognizable as Charles Manson or Jeffrey Dahmer. But for those in the forensic science community, it’s a name that holds weight. Pitchfork was the first murderer to be caught using DNA analysis.

When 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth was raped and murdered in Leicestershire, England, in late July 1986, Alec Jeffreys was a genetics professor at the nearby University of Leicester. A few . . .

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