DNA profiling system to help with sexual offences

A German police officer takes a saliva sample from a man during a DNA mass screening of about 3000 men.
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The University of the Western Cape is launching a new DNA profiling system to help with sexual offences.

The new DNA kit targets will help in sexual offence cases, a crime that is plaguing South Africa. The kit targets DNA that is only carried by men – the Y-Chromosome.

Head of the Forensic DNA Laboratory at the UWC and leader of the project Professor Maria Eugenia D’Amato says, the kit has agents that when put together with DNA create a profile to identify the man and his relatives.


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