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


  • Mario Ernst, winner of the 2022 Student Prize

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the annual prize for the best student-led paper in Heredity for 2022. 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 Mario Ernst.

  • Birds, shark and wheat photos

  • The best student-led papers in Heredity, Vol. 3
  • Every year, Heredity publishes some outstanding student-led papers, and to recognise the quality of this work the journal runs a student paper prize. So, what makes a paper stand out? Find out, as Co-Editor-in-Chief Aurora Ruiz-Herrera joins the podcast to explore the three best student-led papers of 2022.
  • Graph showing post-transcription in adaptation and evolutional regulation in

  • Special Issue - Beyond transcription: The role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in adaptation and evolution.
  • The aim of this Special Issue is to synthesise our current level of understanding on the role of post-transcriptional variation in different eco-evolutionary contexts and diverse taxa, highlight the diversity of regulatory mechanism controlling... Read more

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  • Portrait photo of Darren Obbard

    Darren Obbard is an evolutionary geneticist at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD in 2004 from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford for a study of population structure and phylogenetics in the androdioecious hexaploid plant Mercurlais annua.

Heredity is a Transformative Journal; authors can publish using the traditional publishing route OR via immediate gold Open Access.

Our Open Access option complies with funder and institutional requirements.



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