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30 years of progress from positional cloning to precision genome editing

Thirty years ago, I had the privilege of launching Nature Genetics, the first spin-off journal bearing the famous Nature logo. Spurred on by the Human Genome Project, there were high hopes for the new journal and indeed the future of human genetics. But there was little expectation that we would launch a science publishing franchise of more than 30 sister journals — or be able to therapeutically rewrite the faulty genomes of patients. Here, I reflect on the humble beginnings of Nature Genetics and 30 years of progress in genetics.

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Fig. 1: The launch of Nature Genetics.

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Fig. 2: To the next 30 years.

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K.D. is the founding Executive Editor of The CRISPR Journal and GEN Biotechnology, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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Davies, K. 30 years of progress from positional cloning to precision genome editing. Nat Genet 54, 908–910 (2022).

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