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What Is a Genome?

Goldman, Aaron David; Landweber, Laura

The genome is often described as the information repository of an organism. Whether millions or billions of letters of DNA, its transmission across generations confers the principal medium for inheritance of organismal traits. Several emerging areas of research demonstrate that this definition is an oversimplification. Here, we explore ways in which a deeper understanding of genomic diversity and cell physiology is challenging the concepts of physical permanence attached to the genome as well as its role as the sole information source for an organism.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Publisher
Public Library of Science
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September 21, 2016
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