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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But if a rogue scientist tinkering quietly in a lab can smash through norms and meddle with the human genome to feed his own ego or scientific curiosity, the worry is that many more dangerous applications of CRISPR could be in store. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 30 Nov. 2018 Currently, the federal government is prohibited from funding any research that involves the editing of genomes in human embryos. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 The companies then examine roughly 700,000 of the three billion basic units of genetic material that make up the human genome, explains Miguel Vilar, lead scientist for National Geographic’s Genographic Project. John Moore, National Geographic, "Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.," 25 June 2018 After working at Time magazine and Science Digest, Mr. Cohen began writing books — nearly all for children and teenagers — about ghosts, UFOs, the occult, ESP, vampires, werewolves, conspiracies, cloning, weather and the human genome. Richard Sandomir,, "Daniel Cohen, who sought justice for Pan Am bombing victims," 11 May 2018 MyHeritage, for example, reads 700,000 SNPs on the genome, says company spokesperson Rafi Mendelsohn—compared with a few dozen in a paternity/maternity test—and typically takes about a month to return results. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Genetic Testing to Reunite Immigrant Families Raises Issues of Privacy and Consent," 26 June 2018 Some new samples of 3,800-year-old Y. pestis have provided us with the oldest plague genomes ever sequenced that show all the adaptations necessary to survive and multiply in fleas. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "4,000-year-old genomes point to origins of bubonic plague," 12 June 2018 The cancer is now present worldwide, still carrying the genome, much mutated but still identifiable, of that original host dog. James Gorman, New York Times, "The Lost Dogs of the Americas," 5 July 2018 His dogged work also helped prepare the scientific world for the more glamorous project of mapping the human genome, in which Dr. Sulston played a large role. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Sulston’s Work on Lowly Worm Led to Major Role in Mapping Human Genome," 16 Mar. 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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