HLA and the probability of paternity

R. Borowsky

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In cases of disputed paternity, blood tests are often used to obtain an estimate of the probability that the accused male is the true father. The interpretation of the genetic data is usually based upon a statistic called the paternity index. This paper shows that the paternity index method cannot be applied to data from compound loci in the absence of information on linkage phase. Since phenotypic data from compound loci, such as HLA, MNSs, and Rh, are often useful in disputed paternity proceedings, they should be analyzed with available alternative statistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-134
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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