Doyne honeycomb retinal dystrophy (DHRD) is a late-onset autosomal dominant disorder that causes degeneration of the retina and can lead to blindness. We have previously assigned DHRD to a 5-cM region of chromosome 2p16 between marker loci D2S2739 and D2S378. Using sequence-tagged sites (STSs), expressed sequence tags (ESTs) and polymorphic markers within the DHRD region, we have identified 18 yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) encompassing the DHRD locus, spanning approximately 3 Mb. The YAC contig was constructed by STS content mapping of these YACs and incorporates 13 STSs, including four genes and six polymorphic marker loci. We also report the genetic mapping of two families with a dominant drusen phenotype to the DHRD locus, and genetic refinement of the disease locus to a critical interval flanked by microsatellite marker loci D2S2352 and D2S2251, a distance of approximately 700 kb. These studies exclude a number of candidate genes and provide a resource for construction of a transcriptional map of the region, as a prerequisite to identification of the DHRD disease-causing gene and genes for other diseases mapping in the region, such as Malattia leventinese and Carney complex.