Genetics Society of America

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Genetics Society of America
Founded 1931 (1931)
  • 9650 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20814
Key people
President: Jasper Rine
Vice-President: Stanley Fields
Past President: Vicki Chandler
Secretary: Anne Villeneuve
Treasurer: Sue Jinks-Robertson
Executive Director: Adam P. Fagen

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is a scholarly membership society of more than 5,000 genetics researchers and educators, established in 1931. The Society was formed from the reorganization of the Joint Genetics Sections of the American Society of Zoologists and the Botanical Society of America.[1]

GSA members conduct fundamental and applied research using a wide variety of model organisms to enhance understanding of living systems. Some of the systems of study include Drosophila (fruit flies), Caenorhabditis elegans (nematode roundworms), yeasts, zebrafish, humans, mice, bacteria, Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress), maize (corn), Chlamydomonas (green algae), Xenopus (frogs), and other animals, plants, and fungi.


GSA's mission[2] is to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics. It does this by:

  • Fostering an international community of geneticists by promoting interaction among geneticists (including microbial, plant, animal, human, and population and theoretical geneticists) while cultivating a community of thought leaders in the field.
  • Ensuring genetics fulfills its potential for broad impact by facilitating the application of genetic tools and approaches in biological research.
  • Educating students and the public by promoting genetic literacy of students at all levels, and by providing a respected and authoritative voice on genetic issues that are increasingly in the public eye.
  • Supporting the next generation of geneticists by providing active mentoring, networking opportunities, and support to attract the brightest scientific minds to the field and enable them to pursue successful careers as geneticists.
  • Communicating discoveries by offering scholarly platforms for publication of high-quality, original genetics research and key foundational discoveries.
  • Advocating continued support of genetics research by advocating for support of discovery research and promoting the value of genetics research.

Current programs[edit]

Current programs address these goals by promoting:

Investigation of inheritance and heredity[edit]

The GSA advocates funding of research in genetics, primarily through its membership in the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS), Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Research!America, and American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). These organizations of leading scientists fosters public policies to advance basic biological research and its applications in medicine and other fields. The GSA also strives to inform state and national legislators about advances and issues in genetics.

Interaction among geneticists[edit]

The GSA organizes and sponsors several conferences for researchers (see below). These include the long-running model organism meetings: Yeast (biennial), C. elegans (biennial), Fungal (biennial) and Drosophila (annual meetings), and the new Society-wide Model Organisms to Human Biology meeting (biennial). The Meetings and Membership Committee welcomes opportunities to sponsor other meetings appropriate to its mission. The GSA Reporter, the Society’s newsletter (published three times a year), keeps members apprised of Society activities.

Communication of discoveries[edit]

The GSA publishes GENETICS, the leading journal for geneticists since the first issue in 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal publishing high-quality fundamental research in genetics and genomics.

Education of students and the public[edit]

The GSA’s Education Committee seeks to facilitate the integration of advances in genetics in the K through college curriculum. The GSA communicates to the public advances in genetics and answers to issues by providing expert opinion to the press and others.


GSA publishes two peer-edited scientific journals:

The Society also publishes The GSA Reporter (formerly GENEtics), GSA's member newsletter.

In 2013, the Society announced an editorial partnership with the American Society for Cell Biology to collaborate on the publication of journal CBE–Life Sciences Education.[3]

GSA Conferences[edit]

GSA organizes a number of scientific meetings, including many focused on model organisms of use in genetic studies.

GSA Awards[edit]

The Genetics Society of America recognizes outstanding geneticists with following awards:


  1. ^ [3] An Abridged History of the Genetics Society of America
  2. ^ GSA Mission Statement
  3. ^ Stefano Bertuzzi and Adam P. Fagen. (2013) Societies coming together in support of life sciences education. CBE–Life Sciences Education 12: 318-319; doi:10.1187/cbe-13-05-0098

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