The American Genetic Association

The American Breeders Association held its first meeting in 1903 to discuss the 'new' science of Genetics for practical breeding of plants and animals. In 1914, the ABA became the American Genetic Association.

Today, the AGA continues to disseminate achievements in genetics through the Journal of Heredity. The Journal, in print for over 100 years, publishes organismal research in areas of general interest to the genetics and genomics community.

The AGA funds an annual President's Symposium, small conferences and workshops through its Special Events Awards, grad student and postdoc research through the Evolutionary, Ecological or Conservation Genomics award, and the annual Outstanding Paper award for the best student-authored article in Journal of Heredity.

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Policies and Statements of the AGA Council


Conference Policies and Code of Conduct Procedures


2017 Statement:    The mission of the American Genetic Association is to encourage the study of comparative genetics and genomics, in order to document, conserve, and manage organismal diversity. We are committed to accomplishing this mission with the most inclusive group of members and contributors possible, unrestricted by race, gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliation, or background. We have worked and will continue to work to ensure participation in this field reflects the diversity of our broader community. We oppose any forms of discrimination and enthusiastically support the dissemination of peer-reviewed scientific research results to other scientists and the public at large. If any of our members have ideas they would like to share on how we can further our mission, we welcome you to contact your representatives in our society-- the officers and council members


2020 Statement:    Dear AGA Members
We are reaching out today to express our condemnation of the acts of violence against the Black community that have led to protests across the US and internationally, and the systemic racism that harms communities of color. Our discipline is dedicated to understanding and celebrating diversity, and a primary mission of the American Genetic Association is to promote diverse voices in our discipline. To that end, we have much work to do in order to ensure greater equity in science, and to combat racism, be it through our activities, teaching, meetings or awards. We also acknowledge that concepts of genetics have long been misused to justify racism, sexism, and xenophobia. We must address racial injustice in our profession, we must actively oppose pseudoscience, and we must ensure that legitimate scientific findings are not misconstrued to defend racism.

To these ends, the AGA will:

-  increase participation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in AGA through targeted efforts for nomination to all elected and appointed AGA positions, including Council, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Vice President, President, and JOH Editor

- promote our BIPOC members through our blog and social media - enable attendance at our annual symposium by BIPOC students and postdocs and partner that with a mentoring system, so that these early-career scientists have continuing contact with AGA leadership.

- create a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and charge it to develop and implement new initiatives to increase racial diversity, particularly participation of scientists from underrepresented minorities, in our discipline.

- evaluate the AGA’s progress on these initiatives and strive for continued improvement. We look forward to working with AGA Council and members to achieve these goals.

Most sincerely,

Kimberly Hughes, AGA President 2020
signing on behalf of the Officers of the American Genetic Association


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Issue 114-6 now online!

Check out this month's Editor's Choice by Sremba and others

Diversity of mitochondrial DNA in 3 species of great whales before and after modern whaling

AND!  See Dr. Sremba's Behind the Science blog post on whales! 

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Read the AGA Council's statements on diversity - see About the AGA.