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MP for Norwich North, ex-dean of the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia


The greatest innovation in my field was the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) process by which several sections of DNA could be multiplied many times accurately to give many copies. The PCR machine was an immediate must in every laboratory and has led to amazing discoveries in forensic science. Laboratories have as many PCR machines as they do microscopes.

Dr Ian Gibson is MP for Norwich North, ex-dean of the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer and All Party Parliamentary Group on Cuba, formerly chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee (2001-2005).