Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited form of blindness caused by progressive retinal degeneration. P. McWilliam et al. (1989, Genomics 5: 619-622) demonstrated close genetic linkage between autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (ADRP) and locus D3S47 (C17) in a single early onset pedigree. The marker C17 maps to the long arm of chromosome 3. Clinically, the disease phenotype has been subdivided into at least two forms on the basis of age of onset, as well as electrodiagnostic criteria. We demonstrate that C17 is unlinked in a late onset pedigree, indicating that the phenotypic variation seen reflects underlying genetic heterogeneity.