Danney Williams Bill ClintonSteve Cunningham

Danney Williams, a man claiming to be the son of Bill Clinton, has said he would file a lawsuit requesting Bill Clinton’s DNA sample.  However, seven genetic factors of Bill Clinton’s were already published in 1999 in the Starr Report, including his D1S80 marker, and these can be used to find out if Bill has a son if Danny undergoes a DNA test.

A global analysis of D1S80 variability studied the marker in 84 world populations and revealed clear-cut distinctions among “European, Asian, Afro-American, American Indian, and Indian” ethnic groups (p. 66).  Bill Clinton’s D1S80 marker is “24, 24.”  (The marker is represented by two numbers.) The 24 marker – that is, if at least one of your markers has a 24 – has a frequency of 26-45% in Europeans, 6-29% in sub-Saharan Africans, and 17-24% in Asians, according to that same study (p. 66).  The 24 marker is predominant in the European populations of Eastern Slavs (Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians) (p. 67).  The specific 24, 24 marker, according to another study, occurs in 14.7% percent of Dutch Caucasians, the second most common type for that group (p. 259).

The fact that Bill Clinton has a marker of 24, which means that both his parents had at least one 24 in their D1S80, means that his son must have a 24 as well, because children inherit at least one of the dual numbers from each parent (Table 1). Also, the fact that a European can have as high as a 45% chance of having a 24, and an African as low as 6%, means that if Danney has a 24, he most likely had a European father.  Of course, a different European man could be Danney’s father. Yet there are six additional markers taken from Bill Clinton, including the DQA1 variable.  Bill Clinton’s  DQA1 marker is 1.1, 1.2,  which according to a study of a United States sample group, occurs in 3.6% of Caucasians and 7.6% of African-Americans (Table 3).

What about the other five factors?

These factors comprise PM (polymorphic) data.  According to a study that looked at both African Americans and Caucasian-Americans, Bill’s LDLR of B was found in 76% of African-Americans and only 55% of Caucasian-Americans, while his GYPA of B was both at nearly equal rates in both groups, at 47% (p. 1260).  The B in his HBGG of AB is found to be uncommon with Africa-Americans, at only 22.8%, while the same variable is found at 45% among Caucasian-Americans.  The B in his D7S8 of AB is found inside only 34% of African-Americans and 39% of Caucasian-Americans.

Clinton’s rarest variable in the PM data is the Gc, as the C in his AC is in only 19% of African-Americans and 54% of Caucasian-Americans.

So if Danney Williams has a C in his Gc, as Bill Clinton does, and whatever letter his mother has as the other letter, then he has a letter that only 19% of African-Americans have.  If his D1S80 has a 24, then he has a letter that only 6-29% of African-Americans have.  Finally, Bill Clinton’s DQA1 marker is exceedingly rare and found in only 3.6 of Caucasians and 7.6% in African-Americans.

It is clear that if Danney’s seven DNA variables match Bill Clinton’s and his mother’s, this would be a huge coincidence – with a very high probability of being more than a coincidence.