Human Genetics (journal)

Human Genetics is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering all aspects of human genetics, including legal and social issues. It was established in 1964 by Arno Motulsky and Friedrich Vogel as the German-language Humangenetik, obtaining its current title in 1976.[1] It is published by Springer Science+Business Media. Its editors-in-chief are David N. Cooper (Cardiff University) and Thomas J. Hudson (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2018 impact factor of 5.20.[2][3]

Human Genetics  
DisciplineHuman genetics
Edited byDavid N. Cooper, Thomas J. Hudson
Publication details
Former name(s)
3.930 (2017)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Hum. Genet.
ISSN0340-6717 (print)
1432-1203 (web)
OCLC no.663900873

Ethic scandalEdit

The journal published findings exploring the DNA of physical appearance traits of Uighur men from Tumxuk in 2019. One of the authors of the paper on DNA phenotyping said he had been unaware of the origins of the DNA samples. Springer Nature was supposed to strengthen its ethic guidelines regarding "vulnerable groups of people" per the New York Tiumes report.[4]


  1. ^ Hudson, Thomas J. (2014). "Human Genetics' 50th Anniversary Issue". Human Genetics. 133 (4): 381–382. doi:10.1007/s00439-014-1433-5. PMID 24595704.
  2. ^ "Human Genetics". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013.
  3. ^ "Human Genetics - incl. option to publish open access". Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  4. ^ Wee, Sui-Lee; Mozur, Paul (2019-12-03). "China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-04.

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