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Welsh researchers hope the new technique will pin-point fields where livestock are most at risk.

A new technique which identifies snail DNA in water is being hailed as a breakthrough in the fight against fluke on Welsh farms.

Researchers envisage the screening test will change Wales’ approach to one of the livestock industry’s most endemic diseases.

In a study on five Welsh farms, the technique was so effective it identified mud snail DNA in habitats where researchers failed to find any snails.

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