There are two key clinical features of asthma: allergy and bronchial hyperreactivity (BHR). Some pedigree studies of atopy have indicated linkage with the high affinity IgE receptor (Fc epsilon RI-beta) gene on chromosome 11q13, but others failed to confirm this linkage. We examined the genetic linkage of three polymorphic microsatellite markers to atopy and BHR in 120 affected sibling pairs recruited from the general community. We found no linkage to atopy at any of the three 11q13 loci studied. Our findings also do not favour linkage between BHR and loci approximately 8-9 cM either side of the Fc epsilon RI-beta gene.