- Roadkillomics (to go along with roadside field guides)
- Backyardomics (e.g., could be some sort of native plant thing)
- Hospitalomics (e.g., MRSA)
- Backoftheenvelopomics (for the anthrax case)
- Stuffinmypocketomics (hey, I have found some $&%$ stuff there)
- Restaurantomics (e.g., O157H7)
- Footballomics (there have been studies of MRSA transmission in games, why not omics)
- Slowfoodomics (genomics of things you get within 50 miles of your neighborhood)
- Ebayomics (genomics of things you get off Ebay)
- Stuffthecatdraggedinomics (my cats would like this)
- Wherethesundontshinomics (human microbiome?)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Worst New Omics Word Award: Museomics
OK. So I coined my my omics word many years ago (phylogenomics). Fine. Sue me. But the spread of omics words is getting really icky. And a new one really seems lame. The word is "museomics"which I saw for the first time in a press release today from Cold Spring Harbor Press about a paper in Genome Research.
I mean, the study of the Tasmanian Tiger seems like it could be interesting (have not read the paper) and there is some really fun stuff happening these days using Roche/454 sequencing.
But meseomics? Not to disparage museums which are critical to all of biology in my opinion. But to me the term in a way treats museums as simply a place we store organisms before we get DNA out of them. For this, the team at Penn St. that led this project and apparently coined the term museomics (see here where they define the term) is getting my new "Worst New Omics Word Award."
In addition I am proposing my favorite new Omics words using their model:
Any others suggestions?
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