Blogonomics

Omics Matrix and Integromics
Robert Lee Hotz is a science writer at The Wall Street Journal where he reports on new research and its impact on society. In a recent article, he said “In the beginning, there was the genome. Then came the foldome, the phenome and the connectome, quickly followed by the secretome, the otherome and the unknome.” His point is that buzzwords have mushroomed over the past decade. One of the more robust examples might be the use of the “omic” terms that worked their way into our vocabularies.  According to Omics.org, there are now over 404 terms that use the “omic” suffix. Take a look at The Omics Matrix and Integromics to get a birds-eye view of the big picture. Hotz quoted lexicographer Ben Zimmer, chairman of the American Dialect Society’s new word committee, which gave the term culturomics its 2010 prize as the word least likely to succeed, as saying that there are so many omics that you can now talk about ome-omics. A scientific journal called Omics covers research in sociomics, physiomics, ecogenomics, metabolomics and pharmacogenomics, just to name a few. Researchers convened in Denmark in June to discuss the latest in metagenomics and microbiomics. The name of the conference was Copenhagenomics. Let history record that today, right here on patrickWeb, is the birth of blogonomics! I searched omics.org and got “There were no results matching the query.” Maybe I can license rights to the term at eBay. If you want to get the fully story on the omics phenomenon (or is it phenomenomics?) and related commentary, take a look at Here’s an Omical Tale: Scientists Discover Spreading Suffix.