functional genomics

noun

plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of genomics that uses various techniques (such as RNA interference and mass spectrometry) to analyze the function of genes and the proteins they produce

Examples of functional genomics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Red flour beetles in particular are a popular model organism for scientific research on development and functional genomics. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2023 The molecules, or biomarkers, were discovered through a process known as convergent functional genomics, which involves amplifying the DNA in a blood sample to look for genetic evidence of the molecules' presence. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2013 The platform blends single-cell multiomics, machine learning, and functional genomics with high-quality patient data to identify and validate novel drug targets, lowering the cost and increasing the success rate of drug development. WIRED, 8 Oct. 2022 Winzeler’s work has earned her significant recognition in the field of functional genomics, using yeast to begin studying the worldwide increase in malaria cases. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of functional genomics was in 1995

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“Functional genomics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/functional%20genomics. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

functional genomics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of genomics that uses various techniques (such as RNA interference and mass spectrometry) to analyze the function of genes and the proteins they produce
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