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Scientists have created a self-testing DNA swab that could make it much easier to prosecute the perpetrators of sexual violence in poor and war-torn countries where victims typically have poor access to forensic tools.

The new swab will allow victims to recover genetic evidence following a sexual assault, without the need for access to proper medical care or forensic examinations. This will enable victims to test themselves for the first time.

Will help developing world

Researchers from the University of Leicester developed this technique to collect DNA evidence from victims of sexual violence in countries where access to forensic tests is limited, such as conflict zones, developing countries, and displaced communities, including refugee camps.

It is hoped that the swab will offer access to forensic evidence for millions of women worldwide, providing victims with access to justice that may otherwise be unavailable.

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