Science Diction: Genome

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Friday, July 9th, 2010

In our monthly series on the words of science, we’ll talk about how the word “genome” came to be. Howard Markel, a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains:

Much of our ‘genetic’ terminology stems from the Greek word, genesis, for origin or creation. Yet when it comes to genome, Hans Winkler (1877-1945), a University of Hamburg botanist, deserves considerable credit….

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