WITH the object of stimulating the development of genetics in the Latin countries, a new journal, Scientia Qenetica, is being launched under the direction of Prof. Carlo Jucci of the University of Pavia and with his colleague Prof. Adriano Buzzati-Traverso as its editor-in-chief. Though it is primarily intended to provide an appropriate medium for publication for geneticists in these particular countries, original papers from elsewhere will be welcomed so long as they are written in Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese, and possess a strictly genetical interest. There is to be a special section for abstracts, reviews of recent books and for summaries of original papers dealing with animal and plant breeding (such papers will not be published in full). At the end of each year there will be given a complete bibliography of papers of genetical interest that have appeared in the scientific literature of the Latin countries, and from time to time there will be presented a critical review of some selected field. Geneticists will welcome this addition to the literature of their science. It undoubtedly supplies a need, and it may be expected to play a notable part in the inevitable advancement of genetics not only in the Latin countries but also in the world as a whole.