In a previous report, we described a contiguous restriction map of chromosome band 11p13 that localized the Wilms tumor locus to a small group of NotI fragments. In an effort to identify and isolate the 11p13-associated sporadic Wilms tumor locus, we developed a panel of NotI fragment-specific DNA probes. These probes were selected from genomic libraries constructed using the Chinese hamster ovary-human somatic cell hybrid carrying only human 11p. The libraries were prepared from NotI-digested DNA after size selection by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The selected NotI fragments had been previously targeted on the basis of deletion mapping as having a high probability of containing the Wilms tumor locus. We used these newly identified 11p13-specific probes to improve the resolution of the restriction map spanning the Wilms tumor locus. The locus has been defined by a homozygous deletion in a sporadic Wilms tumor. Using these probes, the region of homozygous deletion in this tumor and presumably all or part of the Wilms tumor gene have been confined to two small SfiI fragments spanning less than 350 kb.