Alu sequences, short, repetitive transposable DNA elements, are factors in a number of genetic diseases. We previously identified a germline TaqI RFLP, located in intron G of the human progesterone receptor gene, that showed an association with the incidence of sporadic ovarian carcinoma. Furthermore, the polymorphism was characterized as a small (approximately 300-bp) insertion that was inherited in a Mendelian fashion. Because of its insertional character, we named this polymorphism PROGINS. We report the identification of PROGINS as a 306-bp Alu element of the PV or HS-1 Alu subfamily.