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Beyond the Genome

  1. Gunther S Stent

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005468



How to Cite

Stent, G. S. 2006. Beyond the Genome. eLS. .

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  1. University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Beyond the genome lies the phenome, which term denotes the global – partly impressionistic – set of traits according to which biologists categorize an organism as a member of one particular taxonomic entity rather than of another. Although there does exist a causal ontogenetic relation between genome and phenome, it is not the case that an organism's genome can be usefully considered as a one-dimensional representation of its multidimensional phenome.


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  • meaning;
  • epigenetic landscape;
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