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    • In this Review, the authors discuss our latest understanding of extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA), a type of circular DNA element commonly found in cancers. They discuss ecDNA properties, including oncogene amplifications and transcriptional hub formation, as well as opportunities for therapeutic interventions.

      • Eunhee Yi
      • Rocío Chamorro González
      • Roel G. W. Verhaak
      Review Article
    • Spatial omics methods enable the charting of cellular heterogeneity, complex tissue architectures and dynamic changes during development and disease. The authors review the developing landscape of in situ spatial transcriptome, genome and proteome technologies and highlight their impact on basic and translational research.

      • Jeffrey R. Moffitt
      • Emma Lundberg
      • Holger Heyn
      Review Article
    • In this Review, Preissl, Gaulton and Ren discuss single-cell epigenomic methods and data analysis tools, their readiness for profiling cis-regulatory elements in human tissues and the insight they can provide into dynamic, context-specific gene regulation.

      • Sebastian Preissl
      • Kyle J. Gaulton
      • Bing Ren
      Review Article
    • In this Perspective, the authors discuss how regulated alternative splicing can generate phenotypic diversity and outline emerging evidence that alternative splicing contributes to adaptation and species divergence.

      • Charlotte J. Wright
      • Christopher W. J. Smith
      • Chris D. Jiggins
      Perspective
  • A study in Nature describes ‘DNA Typewriter’, a prime-editing-based DNA recording technology that can capture the order of large numbers of distinct molecular events in mammalian cells.

    • Kirsty Minton
    Research Highlight
  • Two recent studies report microbial genome and gene catalogues that archive oceanic and glacial genomic and functional diversity at scale and yield insights into their biosynthetic potential.

    • Linda Koch
    Research Highlight
  • Two new papers in Nature report copy-number-based classification systems across cancer types that provide routes for personalized therapy.

    • Darren J. Burgess
    Research Highlight
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Gregor Johann Mendel, considered by many the ‘father of modern genetics’, was born 200 years ago, on 20 July 1822.
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