New test­ing kit could help catch rapists

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - TimesLIVE –

An in­no­va­tive DNA test­ing kit that could help bust rapists was un­veiled by the Univer­sity of the West­ern Cape on Thurs­day.

The kit tar­gets DNA that is car­ried only by men – the Y chro­mo­some – and is one of the first of its kind to fac­tor in Africa’s ge­netic di­ver­sity.

Lab­o­ra­tory head Pro­fes­sor Maria D’Amato said: “The kit de­tects frag­ments in the Y chro­mo­some‚ which is spe­cific to males. They are very ac­cu­rate for in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

D’Amato and her team cap­tured DNA sam­ples from anony­mous male SA donors to cre­ate a data­base that rep­re­sents the ge­netic di­ver­sity in the re­gion.

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