Welcome to Heredity

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


  • SI cover

    This 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.

  • Wolf

  • Avoiding inbreeding in Iberian Wolves
  • Living near humans and human infrastructure has ecological effects on many species. Iberian wolf populations in human-dominated landscapes are unable to disperse as far as they would in the past. We find out how they are coping with this change, from Dr Carolina Pacheco, Dr Raquel Godinho and Dr Francisco Álvares.
  • SI Caenorhabditis

    This special issue in Heredity follows the inaugural UK Worm Meetings organised under the Genetics Society’s C. elegans Special Interest Group. Click here for more information on the special issue.

  • Portrait photo of Louise Johnson

    Armando Caballero is a population and quantitative geneticist interested in conservation genetics and evolution. He obtained a PhD at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1990 and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Edinburgh University from 1990 to 1996. He is currently Professor of Genetics at Universidad de Vigo. His work has focused on effective population size theory...

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