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Our Editor-in-Chief is delighted to share with you a selection of key papers from each issue that highlight some of the best research published in the journal. These papers showcase the breadth of scope and coverage that Heredity consistently delivers to its readers.
Editor's Choice articles will be freely accessible for the month of the issue in which they feature.
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.
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The aim of this Special Issue is to synthesize 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 post-transcriptional processes, and the role of novel analytical and technological approaches in driving our understanding of post-transcriptional processing across the tree of life.
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
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This collection provides all of the papers that have featured in the podcast, carefully selected for their novelty, significance and appeal to our readers.
See what readers worldwide have been citing and sharing. In this Web Focus we highlight a selection of articles from 2021, which top the list of the journal’s most cited, downloaded and most shared (including press coverage, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Weibo). They showcase the breadth of scope and coverage that the journal consistently delivers to its readers.
On December 17th, Professor William G. (Bill) Hill passed away at his home in Edinburgh at the age of 81. Bill was one of the world’s leading population and quantitative geneticists, not only of his own generation, but with lasting impacts until the present. He has inspired multiple generations of young scientists and his seminal work continues to be widely cited today. This was reflected in award of the Mendel Medal by the Genetics Society in 2019. The collection below includes papers that Bill has published himself in Heredity over the past 50 years, along with papers published in Heredity in the past two years that have cited some of his seminal work.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual prize for the best student-led paper in Heredity. The quality of papers was very high but the main award for this year goes to Allie Graham, from The University of Utah for her paper Adaptive introgression of the beta-globin cluster in two Andean waterfowl. We would like to thank all of the authors for submitting their research to Heredity and specifically congratulate the three finalists.
The issue focuses on the improvement of nutrition, disease resistance, and climate resilience using multi-faceted approaches, including: development and use of genetic and genomics resources; gene/QTL discovery through genomics and transcriptomic approaches; QTL mapping and genome-wide association studies (GWAS); conventional and genomics-assisted breeding methods for varietal development; and genetic transformation/genome editing.
Guest Editors: Dr. R.R. Mir, SKUAST-Kashmir, India; Dr. Chenwu Xu, Yangzhou University, Jiangsu, China; Dr. Yuan-Ming Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University, China; and Dr. Sachin Rustgi, Clemson University, Pee Dee REC, Florence, USA.
See what readers worldwide have been citing and sharing. In this Web Focus we highlight a selection of articles from 2020, which top the list of the journal’s most cited, downloaded and most shared (including press coverage, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Weibo). They showcase the breadth of scope and coverage that the journal consistently delivers to its readers.
Quantitative genetics underpins plant breeding and understanding of trait variation. The increasing availability of high densities of genetic markers, genome sequences and advanced germplasm resources in most plant species, including major crops, presents many new opportunities for accelerated breeding. This special issue brings together a collection of papers looking at opportunities and applications of quantitative genetics in a range of plant species.
Guest editors:Alison R. Bentley, The John Bingham Laboratory, NIAB and Lindsey J. Compton, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
We are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual prize for the best student-led paper in Heredity. The quality of papers was in general very high but the award for this year goes to Donald McKnight, from James Cook University. We would like to thank all of the authors for submitting their research to Heredity and specifically congratulate those contributing to the long- and short-listed papers.