Genetic marker typing based on DNA amplification by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) increasingly is being employed in forensic casework and for paternity testing. Allele frequencies were determined using PCR for 102 unrelated Germans (Rhine area) for the locus D18S51. Twelve alleles were observed, with frequencies ranging from 0.005 (allele 11) to 0.191 (allele 14). The observed heterozygosity was 0.867, and the power of discrimination was 0.968. There was no deviation from expectations under Hardy-Weinberg assumptions (P = 0.451).
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