Restriction fragment length polymorphisms in satellite DNA distinguish chromosomal races of the white-footed mouse Peromyscus leucopus


Correspondence: Robert J. Baker.


We describe a polymorphism revealed by a high-copy-number tandem repeat which serves to distinguish most individuals sampled (96%) from two chromosomal races of Peromyscus leucopus. Classical morphology, allozymes, mtDNA, and rDNA have all failed to provide fixed markers which separate these two chromosomal races. Data from P. leucopus further documents the utility of DNA polymorphisms to establish the natal origin (DNA ‘zipcodes’) of populations or individuals.