Leicestershire schoolchildren will get the chance to solve the first ever case where DNA fingerprinting was used.
The University of Leicester's Department of Genetics is running its annual outreach event Dynamic DNA today and tomorrow, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of DNA fingerprinting in the Department's 50th year.
Approximately 600 Year 9 children and their teachers from schools across Leicestershire will get the chance to take part in more than 20 fun, engaging and educational activities, to inspire young students to pursue scientific careers.
This year, the children will also be able to go back in time and try to solve Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys's first ever case at Leicester using DNA fingerprinting, in which he proved that a young boy was in fact the son of a British woman, and therefore entitled to UK nationality.
For the newly developed hands-on activity 'Be Sir Alec', the original DNA profiles of the disputed boy, his mother and three undisputed siblings have been replicated, allowing the children the opportunity to try and decide for themselves whether they think he was indeed his mother's son.
A Midlands company has helped develop a gun which fires pellets filled with artificial DNA from a distance of up to 40 metres.
The bullets leave a unique tell-tale mark on the suspect which is only visible under ultraviolet light.
A Midlands company has helped develop a gun which fires pellets filled with artificial DNA that could help convict suspected rioters.
Bus drivers across the West Midlands have been given 'spit kits', mini DNA devices to help police track anyone who spits at them or fellow passengers.
The kits given by police are made up of swabs, gloves and special bags allow staff to collect saliva samples to be sent for forensic analysis.
So far this year there have been 88 reported cases of people spitting on regional buses.
Following a trial on Birmingham City Centre buses several offenders have already been traced including a 24-year-old man who was jailed for 12 weeks after spitting at a bus driver.