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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Genetics and race Neither race nor ethnicity is detectable in the human genome. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Race and ethnicity: How are they different?," 12 June 2019 Note: 2018 data as of December 7 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A key tool in the fight against foodborne illness, whole genome sequencing, is used to map the complete DNA of a pathogen. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Spotlight as Technology Improves," 18 Dec. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up One recent IPO that will benefit, however, is smaller genome-editing company Precision BioSciences Inc., which went public in late March. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Uber and Other IPOs Set for an Index Bounce," 14 June 2019 Arkin plans to sequence the genomes and select the seeds and micro-organisms that grow fastest and most effectively in space after testing them in chambers mimicking Mars’ atmosphere. Peter Fimrite,, "Long-term space journeys to allow humans to become almost completely self-sufficient," 8 June 2019 Scientists have been uncovering genomes for quite a while. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes," 3 Apr. 2019 As more species—both present and past—get their genomes sequenced, researchers can start to find even more patterns like these. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits," 10 Apr. 2019 Whole genome sequencing analyses linked Campylobacter isolates in 45 of the human samples to those in 11 of the puppy samples. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drugged puppies blamed for spreading diarrhea superbugs in multi-state outbreak," 21 Sep. 2018 Is there concern about this strain mutating in a way that would render the vaccine unhelpful, and are there any genome-sequencing efforts ongoing in real time to track the viral changes? Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Everything You Need to Know about the Ebola Vaccine," 17 May 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 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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