[SOUTHAFRICA] UWC’s new DNA testing kit to assist with sexual assault cases


The University of the Western Cape’s Forensic Laboratory has developed the device known as the UniQ-TyperTM Y-10.

CAPE TOWN – A revolutionary new DNA testing is set to narrow down the search for perpetrators.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC)’s DNA Forensic Laboratory has developed the testing device known as the UniQ-TyperTM Y-10.

It extracts genetic information from the Y-chromosome that is only carried by men.

RELATED:
[SOUTHAFRICA] Eight African cities named in top 10 "extreme risk" zones

Scientists have created a referencing database against which these DNA samples will be compared to point out specific ethnic groups and their location.

More than 50,000 sexual assault in the country have been recorded in the 2017/2018 financial year.

UWC’s Professor Eugenia D’Amato says the new testing kit can also be used in the tracing of family lineage and anthropological studies.

“We can also look at the geographic occurrence of a certain type of profile. There are certain types of variation that occur in their restricted geographic area that could be potentially used as a forensic investigation.”

RELATED:
#SOUTHAFRICA: [LISTEN] Home Affairs announces changes to visa regulations

👉 News Source.
Originally Authored By: Eyewitness News

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here