The tetrameric short tandem repeat polymorphisms HUMTH01, HUMVWA31/A, HUMF13A1, and HUMFES/FPS were studied in blood stains obtained from a population of unrelated individuals from the Azores Archipelago (Portugal). Gene frequencies were determined and no deviation from the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium was found. However, the allelic independence test between loci showed linkage disequilibrium between HUMVWA31/A and HUMFES/FPS. A combined discrimination power and chance of exclusion of, respectively, 0.9999 and 0.9534, reveal the high forensic interest of the four systems. No differences with other caucasoid populations were found, but comparison with some asiatic, eskimo, and amerindian populations showed significant statistical differences.
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