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Torture—the word conjures medieval images of mangled limbs and jagged scars. But the torturer’s repertoire today includes practices that leave less dramatic evidence of their use, such as rape and waterboarding. For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the U.S. often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day workshop at AAAS.