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See also: génome



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From earlier genom, from German Genom, coined by German botanist Hans Winkler in 1920 as a blend of Gen (gene) +‎ Chromosom (chromosome).[1][2][3] By surface analysis, gene +‎ -ome, or a blend of gene +‎ chromosome. Spelling altered by association with the surface analysis.




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genome (plural genomes)

  1. (genetics) The complete genetic information (either DNA or, in some viruses, RNA) of an organism. [from 1930]
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist[2], volume 100, number 2, archived from the original on 27 April 2017, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work. The achievement will transform neuroscience and serve as the starting point for asking questions we could not otherwise have answered, just as having the human genome has made it possible to ask new questions about cellular and molecular systems.

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  1. ^ Winkler, Hans (1920) Verbreitung und Ursache der Parthenogenesis im Pflanzen- und Tierreiche[1], Jena: Verlag Fischer, page 165
  2. ^ genome”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  3. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “genome”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.