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What is Genomics?

What is genome?

A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA—basically a blueprint for an organism’s structure and function. 

What is genomics?

Genomics is the science that aims to decipher and understand the entire genetic information of an organism (i.e. plants, animals, humans, viruses and microorganisms) encoded in DNA and corresponding complements such as RNA, proteins and metabolites.

Broadly speaking, this definition includes related disciplines such as bioinformatics, epigenomics, metabolomics, nutrigenomics, pharmacogenomics, proteomics and transcriptomics.

The knowledge and innovations emerging from this field are finding solutions to complex biological challenges including applications for health, forestry, fisheries & aquaculture, mining & energy and agri-foods, while at the same time raising question of societal and economic importance. 

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