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

Examples of genome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In all, Karlsson and Morrill found 11 locations on the dog genome associated with behavior differences, including biddability, retrieving, pointing at a target and howling. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 And O’Toole, who is now the chair of Pango’s lineage-designation committee, worked on a piece of software called pangolin, which allowed scientists to assign a likely Pango name to any viral genome. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 To confirm this suspicion the virus was isolated from infected patient nasopharyngeal tissue, saliva, stool, and blood samples to clone the viral genome. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 For the first time, scientists have sequenced a complete human genome, a landmark feat that will help researchers better understand how DNA is different from person to person and the role genetics play in disease. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 7 Apr. 2022 The combination of the genetic and survey data also revealed that 11 regions of the dog genome are significantly associated with behavior, including how often a dog howls and how comfortable a dog is around people. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Using the genome to control species are already showing promise. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 This technique can prevent mitochondrial disease being passed through mitochondrial DNA, though not via nuclear genome. Walter G. Johnson And Diana M. Bowman, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 An international team of scientists including UC Santa Cruz geneticists have published the first complete human genome. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Genome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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

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