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

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

33 thoughts on “Wanted – Bad New Omics Words”

  1. 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


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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 😉


  5. 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)


  6. 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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