A protocol for simultaneous amplification of the tetrameric STR loci HUMVWA, HUMTH01, D21S11 and HPRT has been developed in this study. Fluorescent amplified alleles were detected by laser scanning on the ALF DNA sequencer, and identified with locus specific allelic ladders. A sequencing survey of these STR loci was performed in 40 selected individuals from three major ethnic groups and confirmed the data reported previously. At the D21S11 locus, a new allele of 207 bp, was found in a Belgian Caucasian individual and designated as allele 25.2. Sequence analysis of this allele revealed that it contained a 14 bp deletion of (TCTA)3 TA at the beginning of the constant region. A nonconsensus allele of 245 bp, described and designated as allele 33.2.3(2x) by Brinkmann et al. (1996), was identified in an individual of central African origin. In addition, three new sequence variants of the allele 29, 30 and 32 were observed at D21S11.