Dear colleagues of the ciliate community,

we would like to invite you to contribute to the Special Issue entitled  
“Ciliate Genetics and Epigenetics” launched by the journal Genes (ISSN  

Ciliates have been well-established as model organisms to investigate  
genetics and epigenetics. These single cell eukaryotes have two types of  
nuclei: germline micro- and somatic macronuclei. Some of the first  
epigenetic phenomena were described in these organisms, and research over  
the last few decades has elucidated mechanisms that underlie these  
phenomena. Ciliates helped pioneer the current understanding of RNA  
interference, both for siRNA-mediated silencing and for small RNA-directed  
chromatin modification and DNA rearrangements, which provide cells a  
powerful tool to transmit epigenetic information to sexual progeny.  
Progress in our understanding of molecular mechanisms came from classical  
genetics studies and from genomics, post-genomics and the recent advances  
in epigenomics technologies.

  This Special Issue provides an overview on the genetics and epigenetics  
in ciliates and their impacts on adaptation and evolution. We invite  
submissions for reviews, research articles, or short-communications  
reporting molecular genetics and epigenomics studies of ciliate biology.

Genes ( is an online, peer-reviewed,  
open access journal with a current Impact Factor of 3.600. Genes aims to  
publish high quality original research articles and reviews on all aspects  
of genes, genetics, and genomics. As an online open access journal, papers  
published in Genes receive rapid publication, immediate accessibility, and  
high publicity. To support open access, Article Processing Charges (APC)  
of 1600 CHF currently apply to all accepted papers. If you respond to this  
invitation, you are entitled to a 15% discount. You may be entitled to  
additional discounts if you have previously received a discount code or if  
your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access  
Program (IOAP), for more information see:

For more information, please see:

We accept manuscripts from 1 September 2018 to 31 March 2019. Submitted  
papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We  
also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the  
Editorial Office in advance ([log in to unmask]) especially for review  
articles to avoid conflicts and to coordinate subjects.

We look forward to hearing from you and CU you soon at CMB 2018 in  
Washington D.C.

Martin Simon, Marcel Schulz, Douglas Chalker