The development of Wilms tumor (WT) has been associated with the inactivation of a "tumor suppressor" locus in human chromosome 11 band p13. Several WTs that exhibit homozygous deletions of an 11p13 candidate WT gene in its entirety have been reported. We report here a partial deletion of the candidate gene which, upon comparison with other documented homozygous deletions, permitted a precise definition of the critical genomic target in Wilms tumor. The smallest region of overlap between these deletions is a 16-kb segment of DNA encompassing the 5' exon(s) of an 11p13 gene coding for a zinc finger protein, together with an associated CpG island. This finding supports the notion that the candidate gene in question corresponds to the 11p13 WT1 Wilms tumor locus.