Bacterial communities living on an individual’s pubic hairs could be used as a microbial ‘signature’ to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.
Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from crime scenes lack their roots and contain insufficient amounts of human genetic material to carry out DNA profiling of suspects.
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