Richard III project: DNA pioneer Leicester University led the way on identification

ApplebyLONDON — Leicester, the university that led the effort to identify the remains of English King Richard III, is an appropriate institution to carry out such a remarkable piece of DNA investigation. Its genetics department was the birthplace of “DNA fingerprinting” in 1984, when Professor Alec Jeffeys discovered how to identify people by amplifying tiny amounts of DNA from crime scenes.