The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is a scholarly membership society of more than 4000 genetics researchers and educators, established in 1931. The GSA is the publisher of the peer-edited scientific journal GENETICS.
The mission of the Genetics Society of America is
to facilitate communication among geneticists,
The Genetics Society of America endeavors to be the collective voice of its members on subjects where a deep knowledge of genetics and biological science is critically important.
The Genetics Society of America seeks to foster a unified science of genetics and to maximize its intellectual and practical impact.
Current programs address these goals by promoting:
Investigation of inheritance and heredity
The GSA advocates funding of research in genetics, primarily through its membership in the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS), an organization of leading scientists that 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
The GSA organizes and sponsors several conferences for researchers. 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. GENEtics, the Society’s newsletter (published three times a year), keeps members apprised of Society activities.
Communication of discoveries
The GSA publishes GENETICS, the leading journal for geneticists since the first issue in 1916. The GSA is also exploring new opportunities for scientific communication, such as those offered by the organism-specific genetic databases.
Education of students and the public
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.
The Genetics Society of America recognizes outstanding geneticists with following awards:
The Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime contributions to the field of genetics
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