Myles Axton is the editor of Nature Genetics. He was a university lecturer in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Balliol College from 1995 to 2003. He obtained his degree in genetics at Cambridge in 1985, and his doctorate at Imperial College in 1990, and between 1990 and 1995 did postdoctoral research at Dundee and at MIT’s Whitehead Institute. Myles’s research made use of the advanced genetics of Drosophila to study genome stability by examining the roles of cell cycle regulators in life cycle transitions. His interests broadened into human genetics, genomics and systems biology through lecturing and from tutoring biochemists, zoologists and medical students from primary research papers. Helping to establish Oxford’s innovative research MSc. in Integrative Biosciences led Myles to realize the importance of the integrative overview of biomedical research. As a full time professional editor he is now in a position to use this perspective to help coordinate research in genetics.