An organism's genome could be likened to an enormous set of encyclopedias, and genomics is the science of reading and interpreting all the entries in the set. The entries in the encyclopedia could be equated with the genes encoded in an organism's genome. The genes contained within an organism's genome control every aspect of its life. They control growth, maintenance, and development, and for humans, the genome also includes information that controls behavior, physiology, and the susceptibility to some diseases. Disease susceptibility or resistance is of great concern and interest in the areas of medicine and public health. Determining the interplay of genetic information and the detection, prevention, and treatment of disease is the combined job of epidemiologists and genome researchers.

A Genomics Primer

Genomics is ...

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