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Leicester Tourist Attraction announced to celebrate the work of Sir Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA

22 December 16

Leicester Tourist Attraction announced to celebrate the work of Sir Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA

A major new tourist attraction in Leicester is planned to tell the story of forensic science and the discovery of DNA by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester.

The project is a joint venture between the University of Leicester, the city council and the Richard III centre which is planned for next year and will be situated in the heart of Leicester city centre.

A feasibility study is set to begin early in the New Year in order to develop the idea which is currently under the working name of Leicester DNA Centre.

The pioneering work of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester has revolutionised how criminal investigations are conducted. The attraction will explain the work of Jeffreys and tell the story of the Pitchfork Murders in the 1980’s.

Colin Pitchfork was the first killer to be convicted by DNA and sentenced to life in 1988 for the rape and murder of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire.

The tourist attraction will celebrate the incredible story for Leicester, Professor Alec Jeffreys and University of Leicester as well as serving as a method of educating people on the global impact of the discovery of DNA and the role it plays in solving and preventing crime


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