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 Stephen J O'Brien award for the best student-authored article in Journal of Heredity.
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
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Besides offering your 3-year subscription to the Journal of Heredity, the Association hosts a yearly symposium and provides special awards towards programs and education.