Section Editors

  • Anna Malacrida, University of Pavia
  • Michele Morgante, Universita' di Udine
  • James Reecy, Iowa State University
  • Roscoe Stanyon, Univeristy of Florence
  • Rongling Wu, Pennsylvania State University

Executive Editor

  • Simon Harold, BioMed Central


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    Food supply affects mortality across generations

    Analysis of 19th century harvest records from an isolated Swedish community reveals that female grandchildren have an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality if their paternal grandmother experienced a drastic change in food availability in their childhood.

    BMC Genetics 2014, 15:12
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    Fifth major genetic group in honey bees

    Comparing honeybee populations from Syria, Lebanon and Iraq with reference populations from the Old World reveals strong support for a fifth major genetic lineage in this species, and suggests an independent African origin for this group.

    BMC Genetics 2013, 14:117
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    Genetics of a unique mating strategy

    Behavioral development of the highly unusual mating system of male ruffs is controlled by two unlinked loci, with the allele for the dominant female-mimic morph located in the same region as that of melanin-based colouration.  

    BMC Genetics 2013, 14:109
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    Diversity of Iberian pig breeds

    High-density SNP data shows Iberian pigs have higher genetic similarities to Iberian wild boar than among other domestic breeds, with some inbred varieties like Chato Murciano and Manchado de Jabugo having particularly low effective population sizes.

    BMC Genetics 2013, 14:106



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Rongling Wu

Rongling Wu is a Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and the Director of the Center for Statistical Genetics at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wu's research interest focuses on the development of novel statistical models, designs, and algorithms for comprehending the genetic and epigenetic architecture of complex biological traits and processes. He is also interested in the construction of the genotype-phenotype map using network biology and systems biology. More recently, Dr. Wu has integrated his statistical approaches to experimental studies of complex trait genetics in the Center for Computational Biology he founded at Beijing Forestry University.

"As one of the earliest open access journals, BMC Genetics has been increasingly influential over years in the area of genetic research. It will continue to be a mainstream forum to publish the latest discoveries in genetics and genomics from leading scientists all around the world. In particular, it attracts the attention of the most promising young scientists to find, stimulate and publish various new ideas for higher-level research in genetics."

Professor Rongling Wu

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