Welcome to Heredity

Official journal of the Genetics Society, publishing the latest research covering a broad range of topics within the field of genetics. 


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    The newest special issue in Heredity focuses on unconventional chromosomes such as supernumerary chromosomes, sex chromosomes, largely heterochromatic chromosomes etc., with the overarching aim of understanding their peculiar inheritance patterns with respect to the genetic features that underlie them.

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  • Alternative Splicing and Thermal Adaptation in Mice
  • Genes are recipes for proteins and proteins do stuff. But if a gene can make more than one protein, how does that affect genetic variation and the possible routes to adaptation? We get an introduction to the topic of adaptive alternative splicing from David Manahan.
  • Songbird

    We are pleased to announce the winner of the annual prize for the best student-led paper in Heredity for 2023. The quality of papers was very good, and we would like to congratulate all authors for their contributions. It was challenging to select a winner from so many excellent submissions, but the award for this year goes to Ellen Nikelski.

  • Portrait photo of Paul Sunnucks

    Paul Sunnucks is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He runs the Persistence and Adaptation Research Team, which is mainly concerned with evolutionary adaptation and population processes in wildlife, and the incorporation of evolutionary processes into conservation biology. Two major current research themes...

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Special Issue: Mendel’s laws of heredity on his 200th birthday: What have we learned by considering exceptions?

This Special Issue celebrates Mendel’s 200th birthday by focusing on exceptions to the Mendelian ‘laws’. Discovery in science is often driven forward more by exceptions than by rules. In genetics, Mendel’s laws of heredity provide the basic ‘rules’. Recent decades have seen an explosion in discoveries that violate these rules, which has driven the field of genetics forward. Indeed, these ‘exceptions’ can shape patterns of inheritance and can have important impacts on evolutionary processes. Genetics Society Executives: Jason B. Wolf, Department of Biology & Biochemistry and The Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath, Bath, UK Anne C Ferguson-Smith,, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK Alexander Lorenz, Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK