DNA Day 2018

Read and share top genetics articles and books as selected by our editors

April 25th is DNA Day, commemorating the discovery of the DNA double helix back in 1953, and marking the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. 

To celebrate this day, we have put together a collection of leading articles and books on hot genetics topics from across Springer Nature’s vast range of quality publications.

We hope you enjoy browsing our collection, and we encourage you to share it with your colleagues!

All articles are free to read through May 20. Open access articles are freely available at any time.


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Job Dekker

The 4D nucleome project


SMC complexes differentially compact mitotic chromosomes according to genomic context


Mapping the 3D genome: Aiming for consilience


Exploring the three-dimensional organization of genomes: interpreting chromatin interaction data


Mapping Cis- and Trans- Chromatin Interaction Networks Using Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C), a chapter from The Nucleus, Volume 2: Chromatin, Transcription, Envelope, Proteins, Dynamics, and Imaging

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Evan Eichler

The caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis, genome provides insights into highland adaptation of fungal pathogenicity


The evolution and population diversity of human-specific segmental duplications


Targeted sequencing identifies 91 neurodevelopmental-disorder risk genes with autism and developmental-disability biases


Epigenetic origin of evolutionary novel centromeres


Genetic variation and the de novo assembly of human genomes


Targeted Capture and High-Throughput Sequencing Using Molecular Inversion Probes (MIPs), a chapter from Genotyping: Methods and Protocols

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Caixia Gao

The future of CRISPR technologies in agriculture


Gene replacements and insertions in rice by intron targeting using CRISPR–Cas9


MicroRNA393 is involved in nitrogen-promoted rice tillering through regulation of auxin signal transduction in axillary buds


Establishing a CRISPR–Cas-like immune system conferring DNA virus resistance in plants


The OsSPL16-GW7 regulatory module determines grain shape and simultaneously improves rice yield and grain quality


Targeted genome modification technologies and their applications in crop improvements


Targeted Mutagenesis in Hexaploid Bread Wheat Using the TALEN and CRISPR/Cas Systems, a chapter from Wheat Biotechnology: Methods and Protocols

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Chris Tyler-Smith

Estimating the human mutation rate from autozygous segments reveals population differences in human mutational processes


Enrichment of low-frequency functional variants revealed by whole-genome sequencing of multiple isolated European populations


The Connection of the Genetic, Cultural and Geographic Landscapes of Transoxiana


Human Y-chromosome variation in the genome-sequencing era


Mapping Post-Glacial expansions: The Peopling of Southwest Asia


Mitochondrial DNA diversity of present-day Aboriginal Australians and implications for human evolution in Oceania


Punctuated bursts in human male demography inferred from 1,244 worldwide Y-chromosome sequences


New native South American Y chromosome lineages


Special issue on The human Y chromosome (Editor)

Read an article from this special issue: Y-chromosomal sequences of diverse Indian populations and the ancestry of the Andamanese

Feng Zhang

BLISS is a versatile and quantitative method for genome-wide profiling of DNA double-strand breaks


An RNA-aptamer-based two-color CRISPR labeling system


High-throughput functional genomics using CRISPR–Cas9


Genome Editing in Neurosciences – an open access book


Genome Engineering Using CRISPR-Cas9 System, a chapter from Chromosomal Mutagenesis

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Revisiting April 25, 1953

We also invite you to read the famous article by Watson & Crick, and two other articles on DNA structure by Wilkins, Stokes & Wilson, and Franklin & Gosling, published 65 years ago in the same issue of Nature, Vol. 171 No. 4356.

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Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” by J. D. Watson & F. H. C. Crick

Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids” by M. H. F. Wilkins, A. R. Stokes & H. R. Wilson

Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate” by R.E. Franklin & R. G. Gosling

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