The use of microsatellites in zygosity diagnosis of twins

J. Erdmann*, M. M. Nothen, M. Stratmann, R. Fimmers, E. Franzek, P. Propping

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Although numerous genetic and anthropological markers are available for determining zygosity of twins, there is still a need for a more practical and informative method in zygosity diagnosis. Dinucleotide repeats or other short repeats (microsatellites) are highly variable between individuals and offer a simple, fast, cheap, and exact approach for zygosity determination. The feasibility of a set of microsatellites to be used for this purpose is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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  • Research Area: Medical Genetics


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