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Heredity (journal)

Heredity (pronounced: /hɪˈrɛdɪti/) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes significant advances in the field of genetics. The journal is published by the Nature Publishing Group.


The term "heredity" is derived from the Latin word "hereditas", which means "condition of being an heir". It was first used in the context of genetics in the 1860s.


Heredity covers a broad spectrum of genetic topics, from molecular genetics and genome structure to evolutionary genetics and population genetics. The journal is known for its rigorous peer-review process and high impact factor. It is often used by researchers, academics, and students for its comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in the field of genetics.

Related Terms

  • Genetics: The study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity in living organisms.
  • Molecular Genetics: The field of biology and genetics that studies the structure and function of genes at a molecular level.
  • Evolutionary Genetics: The study of how genetic variation leads to evolutionary changes.
  • Population Genetics: The study of genetic variation within populations, and involves the examination and modelling of changes in the frequencies of genes and alleles in populations over time.

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