Individual specific DNA fingerprints from a hypervariable region probe: alpha-globin 3'HVR.
Fowler SJ., Gill P., Werrett DJ., Higgs DR.
A probe detecting a hypervariable region (HVR) 3' to the alpha globin locus on chromosome 16 has been used to produce DNA fingerprints. Segregation analysis has revealed multiple, randomly dispersed DNA fragments inherited in a Mendelian fashion with minimal allelism and linkage. The fingerprints are highly polymorphic (probability of chance association between random individuals much less than 10(-14]. The probe is, therefore, a powerful discriminating tool: it is envisaged that this probe will have forensic applications, including paternity cases, and will be informative in linkage analysis.