Early sequencing evolved into the publication of genomes for myriad species, including our own, within the span of two and a half decades. Bioinformatician Stephen Friend opines on what's in store as the next quarter century of omics takes shape.

By and | October 1, 2011

Data Deluge

Large-scale data collection and analysis have fundamentally altered the process and mind-set of biological research.Going from studying single proteins or genes, to sequencing whole genomes in one fell swoop has unleashed a flood of data, and biologists are learning to cope. . . .By Megan Scudellari


Synthetic Biology

Opinion: Thinking Outside the Genome

By extending its reach beyond science, the field of omics will change the way we live our lives.Not so long ago, the mention of any word with the two syllables “-o-mics” tacked on the end was usually followed immediately with some response akin to, “Huh?” Today, we’ve gotten to the point where almost no biological phenomenon can escape “omics-ization,” and within the next 25 years, omics will be the biggest, if not the only, game in town. . . .By Stephen Friend


Mouse Genomes CataloguedResearchers have sequenced the genomes of 17 different mouse strains, boosting research into the genetic basis of phenotypic variation, disease, and evolution.By Sabrina Richards
Speak, RNAA trip through the transcriptomeBy Jeffrey M. Perkel
Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at OnceA new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.By Edyta Zielinska
The First Plant InteractomeProtein interaction networks in Arabidopsis give clues to plant evolution and immunity.By Jessica P. Johnson
Billion Dollar Babies of the Human GenomeThe Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.By Jef Akst
Mining Bacterial Small MoleculesAs much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.By L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay




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