ge·​nome | \ ˈjē-ˌnōm How to pronounce genome (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Illumina will sequence all 35,000 genomes and share some of the cost via an in-kind contribution. Corinne Gretler,, "Covid Patients’ Genomes to Be Analyzed in U.K. Severity Study," 13 May 2020 An analysis of 25 Ohio sequences, drawn from a national database of genome mutations, shows the majority came from a mutation that occurred in Europe. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Online coronavirus mutation visualizer gives clues to how coronavirus spread across the world," 8 May 2020 Intel also teamed with Medtronic and Dyson to help create ventilators, and with Lenovo and BGI Genomics to help accelerate the analysis of the COVID-19 genome. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel shrugs off coronavirus with solid Q1 earnings, confirming that Tiger Lake is on track for midyear," 23 Apr. 2020 But as more viral genomes were sequenced, in mid-January, their evolutionary tree told a different story. Katherine S. Xue, The New Yorker, "What Viral Evolution Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus Pandemic," 19 Apr. 2020 Stop the virus from replicating To a human cell, a naked SARS-CoV-2 genome looks like a specific type of RNA, a molecule that normally functions as instructions for making new proteins. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "All the Ways Scientists Think a Coronavirus Drug Could Work," 8 Apr. 2020 Just six days later, another team ironed out the inaccuracies that often appear in the first draft of a genome. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Genetic sequencing supports Wisconsin stay-at-home order, shows clusters of coronavirus in Madison and Milwaukee," 4 May 2020 And yes, a cat in Belgium had traces of the virus’s genome in its stool and vomit. National Geographic, "Could your pet infect you with COVID-19?," 9 Apr. 2020 If the company collects enough responses from people who’ve contracted Covid-19, 23andMe’s research team will conduct a statistical analysis called a GWAS, for genome-wide association study. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Why Does Covid-19 Make Some People So Sick? Ask Their DNA," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of genome was in 1926

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26 May 2020

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“Genome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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ge·​nome | \ ˈjē-ˌnōm How to pronounce genome (audio) \

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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