"Functional genomics is everything after the sequencing studies are finished," remarks Ruben Abagyan, director of computational biology and information technology at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation and a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, both in San Diego. "The [former] race was to sequence; now the race is who will understand that sequence."
Because knowing the genome's sequence opens doors to many types of studies, there are many ways to define functional genomics. "It's a broad area," says John Quackenbush, an associate investigator with The Institute...
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