Badomics words and the power and peril of the ome-meme

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Languages and cultures, like organisms, are constantly evolving. Words, like genes, can come and go-spreading around or going extinct. Here I discuss the spread of one small subset of words that are meant to convey "comprehensiveness" in some way: the "omes" and other words derived from "genome" or " genomics." I focus on a bad aspect of this spread the use of what I refer to as " badomics" words. I discuss why these should be considered bad and how to distinguish badomics words from good ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 12 2012


  • Badomics
  • Genome
  • Genomics
  • Language
  • Language parasites
  • Memes
  • Ome-ome
  • Omics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications


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