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Top DNA expert ready to help in Madeleine case

Posted Sep 13, 2007 by dpa news
The parents of Madeleine McCann have been offered the help of a top British DNA expert who has said he would act as a witness if it came to a trial over the girl's disappearance, it was reported Thursday.
Part of a DNA strand
DNA strand.
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The parents of Madeleine McCann have been offered the help of a top British DNA expert who has said he would act as a witness if it came to a trial over the girl's disappearance, it was reported Thursday.
Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, took the view that DNA matches alone could not establish guilt, and that all of Madeleine's genetic characters would be found in at least one family member, press reports said.
Gerry and Kate McCann, suspects in their daughter's disappearance, are considering commissioning independent tests on a car they hired in Portugal, in which traces of the girl's hair, fibres and bodily fluids have reportedly been found.
Jeffreys said there could be a potential problem in assigning a profile to Madeleine given that all other members of her family would have been in the car.
"DNA doesn't have the words innocence or guilt in it - that is a legal concept. What it seeks to establish is connections and identifications," he said. dpa at wjh