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p-loci: a computer program for choosing the most efficient set of loci for parentage assignment

Authors

  • SEAN E. MATSON,

    1. Department of Animal Sciences, Oregon State University, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5229, USA,
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  • MARK D. CAMARA,

    1. Shellfish Genetics Program, USDA Agricultural Research Service, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5229, USA
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  • WILL EICHERT,

    1. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5229, USA
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  • MICHAEL A. BANKS

    1. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5229, USA
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  1. Errata: P-LOCI: a computer program for choosing the most efficient set of loci for parentage assignment Volume 16, Issue 2, 599, Article first published online: 27 January 2016

Sean E. Matson, Fax: 541-867-0105; E-mail: matsonse@onid.orst.edu

Abstract

Determining how many and which codominant marker loci are required for accurate parentage assignment is not straightforward because levels of marker polymorphism, linkage, allelic distributions among potential parents and other factors produce differences in the discriminatory power of individual markers and sets of markers. p-loci software identifies the most efficient set of codominant markers for assigning parentage at a user-defined level of success, using either simulated or actual offspring genotypes of known parentage. Simulations can incorporate linkage among markers, mating design and frequencies of null alleles and/or genotyping errors. p-loci is available for windows systems at http://marineresearch.oregonstate.edu/genetics/ploci.htm.

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