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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  • News & Views |

    Chromosomal instability (CIN) is a hallmark of malignant evolution that underpins cancer progression and therapeutic evasion. There are few established experimental systems to study CIN and ultimately develop potential therapeutic options. A new study now identifies the MSL chromatin complex as a potential vulnerability against CIN in cancer cells.

    • Ali Motazedian
    •  & Mark A. Dawson
    Nature Cell Biology 23, 295-296
  • Editorial |

    Guided Open Access is a new publishing option offered at Nature Genetics. Authors can submit once and be simultaneously considered by three journals. Editorial collaboration and a single submission system combine to make the publication process easier and faster.

    Nature Genetics 53, 415
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium reports the generation of new mouse mutant strains for more than 5,000 genes, including 2,850 novel null, 2,987 novel conditional-ready and 4,433 novel reporter alleles.

    • Marie-Christine Birling
    • , Atsushi Yoshiki
    •  & Stephen A. Murray
    Nature Genetics 53, 416-419
  • News & Views |

    Case–case genome-wide association studies (GWAS) within a single genotyped cohort have proven useful in identifying genetic variants explaining different health outcomes, yet they are limited by data availability. A new study by Peyrot and Price proposes a clever statistical method to overcome this problem by inferring case–case GWAS results from a pair of standard case–control GWAS summary statistics that need not be from the same cohort.

    • Florian Privé
    • , Zhihong Zhu
    •  & Bjarni J. Vilhjalmsson
    Nature Genetics 53, 431-432