Genetics is the branch of science concerned with genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. It seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behaviour in the context of a cell or organism (e.g. dominance and epigenetics), gene distribution, and variation and change in populations.


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  • Research Highlights |

    A report in Molecular Cell describes short capped RNA sequencing (scaRNA-seq), which is used to show that, in differentiating cells, enhancers predominantly regulate gene expression by modulating transcription initiation, and not pause release as previously supposed.

    • Dorothy Clyde
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Genomic Data Commons (GDC) contains more than 2.9 petabytes of genomic and associated clinical data from more than 60 NCI-funded and other contributed cancer genomics research projects. The GDC consists of five applications over a common data model and a common application programming interface.

    • Allison P. Heath
    • , Vincent Ferretti
    •  & Robert L. Grossman
  • News & Views |

    Manipulating three important genes in the CLAVATA–WUSCHEL signalling pathway quantitatively enhances grain-yield-related traits in maize.

    • Qiuyue Chen
    •  & Feng Tian