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Exploring Personal Genomics$
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Joel T. Dudley and Konrad J. Karczewski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644483.001.0001

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A gentle introduction to genomics

A gentle introduction to genomics

(p.3) Chapter 1 A gentle introduction to genomics
Exploring Personal Genomics

Joel T. Dudley

Oxford University Press

This chapter first takes on the task of defining the key terms that are to be used in the rest of the book. It first defines a genome, and then goes on to discuss the many terms surrounding it. The genome, first and foremost, is one's unique biology both as an individual within the human species, as well as the member of a distinct species within the animal kingdom. The genome, as it is popularly known, refers to the set of genes unique to an individual. It is important to know, however, that genome is more than just genes. In essence, the rest of the chapter gives a brief yet crucial introductory minimum of knowledge about the human genome and the associated molecular biology required for informed analysis and interpretation of a personal genome.

Keywords:   genome, unique biology, animal kingdom, set of genes, genes, human genome, molecular biology, personal genome

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