Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wanted - Bad New Omics Words

Blogger in need of material while taking a little break for medical reasons needs help. Seeking bad new "omics" words to give "Worst New Omics Word Award" to. Junkome from PZ Myers already under consideration. Please post suggestions here.

Previous winners are

33 comments:

  1. Incidentalome

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  2. Lots on the wikipedia site are absurd, but "physiomic" strikes me as particularly useless (though I also hate ORFeomics...)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_omics_topics_in_biology

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  3. I was going to suggest degradomics, but I see someone else already has, so I'll just second the nomination.

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  4. The NIH has launched the Human Connectome Project (http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2009/ninds-15.htm).

    On a positive note, my favorite "ome" is the "ridiculome", which was mentioned at a meeting on systems biology, referring to those messy pairwise interaction plots, as of yeast two hybrid data. A google search of that word revealed the following web site, which appears useful for your effort to identify awful -omes: http://www.genomicglossaries.com/content/newestdefs.asp

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  5. How about Phylogenomics? ;p

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  6. systemomics is rather silly, it's a repetion of the word system as -omics refers to the study of biological systems.

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  7. I said new Marcel. New ones. Phylogenomics may be bad, but it is old, very old.

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  8. How about resourceome? As in the 'bioinformatics resourceome'.

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  9. Three suggestions over lunch:

    Laterome - the set of genes recently acquired by LGT

    Metagenomeome - The set of sequenced metagenomes

    BinFOSSome - The set of Free and Open Source Software applications in bioinformatics.

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  10. Sewa-genomics!

    http://scienceblogs.com/worldsfair/2009/11/h1n1_fastest_freaking_science.php

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  11. How bout the omeome, which is to say the set of all omes? I suspect that we will need a word to describe it soon enough anyway....

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  12. if victor mckusick (may he rest in peace) had gotten his way 'cybergenomics' would have won over bioinformatics. yikers!

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  13. ah...Mobilome is an actual (bad) definition. For mobile genetic elements.

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  14. Karl

    Thanks for reminded me of that glossary --- at one point I was aware of it but forgot. Very useful

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  15. All - these are great. And you have all given me a new idea. My intent here was to ferret out bad omics words people have used. But some of these comments seem to be suggesting unused omics words that would be bad to see. So in a future post I am going to call for everyone to start "preventativomics" - to start using some of these terms all over the place to make it awkward for anyone to try and "invent" those words.

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  16. In the Scientist there's an article
    http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/56102/
    in which the headline
    "PROJECT: Petroleomics: characterizing the molecular composition of crude petroleum"
    appears

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  17. I don't know if you have this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliome

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  18. :D Pornome. I love that one!

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  19. Sewage-onomics. From Jennifer Gardy's TED talk:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmAugMSJ1-Y
    NerdGirl is awesome.

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  20. Negatome: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19920129

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  21. Damn you Anon, I was ABOUT to post that! >.<

    Inside that post: "interactomics" *headdesk*

    I suspect that entry was written specifically for you! ^_^

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  22. Well, not wanting to be defensive of Omics in any way (ahem, and not just because I've blogged about it), but I think the 'Negatome', being a database, is a piece of surprisingly good punnery from a German group, being a 'tome' of negative interaction information for 'interactomics'.

    Or maybe I'm affording them too much wit?

    Kill the 'interactomics' if needs be ;-)

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  23. Actually, me iz dumb today: didn't notice that Anon with 'negatome' linked the paper, not Jim's post.

    In case anyone's confused, here it is.

    And I did sense a pun in 'negatome' -- it's the 'interactomics' that really got me, both in name and in concept!

    'Omeomics' sure is a fascinating field! (thanks Opisthokont, I'm stealing that =P)

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  24. A number of years ago, just before a conference address he was giving, I suggested to a bud of mine (not named), the term ptomics. As in Post Translational modifications, also meant to be funy, as it is as unpronouncible as Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus), and also was a political commentary on the (geo)centric view of structure on protein function. Unfortunately, in some circles this has stuck, without the humerous context. This term is NOT on wiki, thanks.

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  25. thanks all - some great material here

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  26. Gemome - http://www.ebi.ac.uk/~nenad/poster.pdf

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  27. My all time favourite: economics.

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  28. My all time favorite: economics.

    Christos Ouzounis

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