Genetics

Genetics is the branch of science concerned with genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. It seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behaviour in the context of a cell or organism (e.g. dominance and epigenetics), gene distribution, and variation and change in populations.

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  • Research Highlights |

    A new study in Science has mapped regulatory elements for major cell types of the human brain to help elucidate the transcriptional mechanisms underlying their developmental and functional properties in health and disease.

    • Linda Koch
  • News and Views |

    Cultivation of high-tannin sorghum in Africa is associated with herbivore threat from red-billed quelea, but also with reduced sensation of bitterness in humans.

    • Peter Civáň
    Nature Plants 5, 1205-1206
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Single-cell genomics provide a powerful approach to investigate the intrinsic complexity of the kidney and understand the diverse cell types and states that exist during kidney development, homeostasis and disease. Several advances were made in 2019 that enhance our understanding of kidney immune cell states in health and disease and the quality of current kidney organoid model systems for studying human diseases.

    • Abbe R. Clark
    •  & Anna Greka
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Biochemist whose discoveries led to faster, more-accurate DNA testing.

    • Jesús Avila
    • , Federico Mayor
    •  & Lourdes Ruiz-Desviat
    Nature 576, 208