ge·nome | \ˈjē-ˌnōm \

Definition of genome 

: one haploid set of chromosomes with the genes they contain broadly : the genetic material of an organism — compare proteome

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Studies have examined his genome, his skeleton, his last meals, his clothes, and the microbes that lived in his gut. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 Participants get their whole genome sequenced at the La Jolla company. Bradley J. Fikes,, "San Diego firefighters get genome screening and more for early disease detection," 26 Apr. 2018 For the new study, published recently in mBio, researchers sequenced the genomes of 16 influenza viruses obtained from dogs in the Guangxi region of China. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Next Flu Pandemic Might Come from Dogs," 9 June 2018 For each patient, the team sequenced the genomes of their tumors to find mutations, then tested immune cells extracted from the cancers to identify which ones might recognize the defects. Laurie Mcginley, ajc, "Researchers use immune-cell 'army' to battle another tough cancer," 4 June 2018 The National Institutes of Health plans to sequence the genomes of 1,000,000 Americans in the name of personalized medicine. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Be AirBnb for Gene Sequencers," 8 May 2018 Now, however, the researchers just sequenced the genome of the original strain and its male-tolerant relative. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers find a gene that lets bacteria kill all male flies," 3 May 2018 Today, that singular genome has all but disappeared, eradicated by the 15th-century arrival of European settlers and their canine companions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations," 6 July 2018 The oldest plague genome anyone had previously found with everything needed to spread in fleas was a 2,900-year-old strain in a plague victim from Armenia. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "4,000-year-old genomes point to origins of bubonic plague," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of genome

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genome

German Genom, from Gen gene + -om (as in Chromosom chromosome)

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ge·nome | \ˈjē-ˌnōm \

Medical Definition of genome 

: one haploid set of chromosomes with the genes they contain broadly : the genetic material of an organism The idea behind sequencing an organism's genome—decoding, letter by letter, the message contained in every last one of its genes—is that it would tell us a lot about how the organism works. — Lori Oliwenstein, Discover, January 1996

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