The nuclear lamina is composed of both A- and B-type lamins and lamin-binding proteins. Many lamin-binding proteins are integral proteins of the inner nuclear membrane. Lamins and inner nuclear membrane proteins are important for a variety of cell functions, including nuclear assembly, replication, transcription, and nuclear integrity. Recent advances in the field in the past year include the identification of a family of spectrin-repeat-containing inner nuclear membrane proteins and other novel inner-membrane proteins, and the discovery of a nuclear membrane fusion complex. There is also growing evidence that A- and B-type lamins and their binding partners have distinct roles during nuclear assembly and interphase.