Paternity testing in the DNA era

Sérgio D.J. Pena, Ranajit Chakraborty

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Paternity can be efficiently and effectively tested using multiallelic variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphisms. This can be achieved by using multilocus DNA fingerprinting probes or batteries of single-locus minisatellite probes, or by PCR testing of sets of minisatellite and microsatellite loci. Although some problems of statistics and population genetics remain to be overcome, the informativeness of these hypervariable loci is so high that paternity disputes can be resolved with certainly in virtually every case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Genetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994


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