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A US forensic expert has asked police if he can reexamine DNA samples relating to Madeleine McCann's disappearance in a bid to find out what happened to her.
Madeleine was three when she vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in 2007 as her parents, Gerry and Kate, dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.
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Dr Mark Perlin has lodged a request to London's Metropolitan Police to analyse the 18 samples at his Pittsburgh lab Cybernetics.
The samples were previously put under the microscope by the UK's Forensic Science Service (FSS) in Birmingham after Maddie's disappearance in 2007.
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At the time FSS scientist Dr John Lowe said the samples were 'too complex' for his team.
But Dr Perlin claims that his team's TrueAllele computer programme can analyse far more complex data and could provide answers in just a week.
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Speaking to the Daily Star Online, he said: 'I think the FSS did generate reliable DNA data and their methods were proven laboratory methods, some of which they even innovated.
'But they didn't know how to properly interpret the data that they had generated.
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'If you use a computer programme that can use all of the data and consider millions of different possibilities, that would give you more information than other methods that usually give no answer at all.'
Dr Perlin said it would take one to two weeks to take the tests depending on the data to provide...
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