genome

noun
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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Johnson and dozens of Australian colleagues on Monday published the full koala genome in the journal Nature Genetics. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "Koala genome shows how the adorable marsupial lives on eucalyptus leaves," 2 July 2018 Illumina, the leading maker of high-powered genome sequencing devices, ranked 15th nationally and 22nd worldwide among corporate life science research. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ionis tops San Diego County corporate science research," 8 June 2018 Previous research has made a strong case that bats are the primary reservoir species, but until now, scientists have been unable to isolate and recover a complete Ebola virus genome from bats. Kimberly Hickok, Fox News, "Scientists discover a sixth species of Ebola virus — in bats," 27 Aug. 2018 For instance, there are hundreds of locations in the genome that influence diabetes. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Genetics has learned a ton — mostly about white people. That’s a problem.," 27 Oct. 2018 The latest paper reported that DNA editing can set off other changes in the genome, which the authors at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Hinxton, England, speculated might increase the risk of cancer. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "New Research Prompts Selloff in Companies Using Crispr Technology," 16 July 2018 The team’s findings, published yesterday in Nature Genetics, map out all 26,000 genes in the koala genome. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydia," 3 July 2018 Among the 27,000 genes in the koala genome, how can scientists find the ones that control these enzymes? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Over the past two decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded multiple initiatives from genome sequencing to plant metabolism to improve our understanding of the world’s flora. Discover Magazine, "At the Cutting Edge of Plant Science," 2 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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genome

noun
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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