Dr. Lalji Singh: Father of DNA Fingerprinting in India Passes Away (Download PDF)


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Eminent scientist and father of DNA fingerprinting in India Dr. Lalji Singh passed away. He was instrumental in making DNA fingerprinting mainstream in India for research and for forensic applications.

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Contributions of Dr. Lalji Singh

  • Set up several dedicated labs on aspects of genetics such as population biology, structural biology, and transgenic research.

  • His work in field of DNA fingerprinting technology contributed for sex determination, wildlife conservation forensics, and evolution and migration of humans.

  • Establishes Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in late 1990s- making it nodal centre for DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics for all species and several diseases.

  • Founded Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES).

About Dr. Lalji Singh

  • Served as a director at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad from 1998 to 2009.

  • Served as Vice Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University (2001 – 2014), his alma mater.

  • He was active in the Genome Foundation, a non-profit organisation to diagnose and treat genetic disorders affecting the underprivileged, especially from rural India.

  • He was awarded Padma Shri award.

What is DNA Fingerprinting?

  • Almost every cell in body contains unique DNA.

  • On average, about 99.9 per cent of the DNA between two humans is the same- remaining makes us unique.

  • That is there are three million base pairs different between two people

  • Minisatellites are short repetitive DNA sequences with greater variation. First minisatellite was discovered in 1980.

  • DNA fingerprinting was invented in 1984 by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys based on minisatellites.

  • DNA fingerprinting simultaneously detects minisatellites in the genome to produce a unique pattern.

  • The probability of having two people with the same DNA fingerprint that are not identical twins is very small.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 31, 2017


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