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Harmonizing the forensic nomenclature for STR Loci D6S474 and DYS612



Martin Bodner, David Ballard, Lisa Borsuk, Jonathan King, Walther Parson, Christopher Phillips, Katherine Gettings


The autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) locus D6S474 and the Y-chromosomal STR locus DYS612 have been reported multiple ways in the forensic literature, with differences in both the bracketed repeat structures and counting of numerical length-based capillary electrophoresis (CE) alleles. These issues often come to light when loci are introduced in commercial assays and results are compared with historical publications of allele frequency data or multiple assays are characterized in reference materials. We offer a review of the literature and other relevant information, and suggestions regarding the future treatment of these two loci.
Forensic Science International: Genetics


STR, sequence, nomenclature


Bodner, M. , Ballard, D. , Borsuk, L. , King, J. , Parson, W. , Phillips, C. and Gettings, K. (2024), Harmonizing the forensic nomenclature for STR Loci D6S474 and DYS612, Forensic Science International: Genetics, [online],, (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created January 21, 2024, Updated February 6, 2024