CERVUS 3.0.7 – Parentage Analysis

CERVUS 3.0.7


Cervus is the software package for parentage analysis in plant and animal populations. It combines a robust likelihood-based method with a simple graphical interface.


Cervus is a computer program for assignment of parents to their offspring using genetic markers.

Cervus uses likelihood, a well-established statistical method for parentage analysis, to assign parentage. Cervus introduces two key enhancements to this process:
1) Likelihood ratios are calculated allowing for the possibility that the genotypes of parents and offspring may be mistyped.
2) Cervus determines via simulation the level of confidence in the parentages it assigns.

Cervus represents an easy-to-use and practical tool for scientists seeking to establish parent-offspring relationships even when some genotypes are incomplete, incorrect or missing.


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Mol Ecol. 2007 Mar;16(5):1099-106.
Revising how the computer program CERVUS accommodates genotyping error increases success in paternity assignment.
Kalinowski ST1, Taper ML, Marshall TC.

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