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Genometrics Definition

Genometrics encompasses biometric analyses of chromosomes in order to identify features inherent to chromosome functioning and organization at the level of the whole genome. The word "genometrics" stresses the application of statistical methods to the study of genomic data and is coined like econometrics (blend of economics and metric, 1933). According to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary already nine words end the same way: biometrics, cliometrics, econometrics, geometrics, isometrics, metrics, plyometrics, psychometrics, sabermetrics. The term "genometrics" is already used as a NIH department address. According to PubMed the word "genometrics" has never been used in a title or an abstract of a scientific article (October 2000), to the contrary of the term "genometric" (8 hits in PubMed, see below).

1: Wilson AF, Sorant AJ. Equivalence of single- and multilocus markers: power to detect linkage with composite markers derived from biallelic loci. Am J Hum Genet. 2000 May;66(5):1610-5.
2: Ouyang F, Peng H, Wu J, Pu P. [The value of detecting CVB-IgM antibodies in diagnosing viral myocarditis of children]. Hunan I Ko Ta Hsueh Hsueh Pao. 1997;22(4):357-9. Chinese.
3: Elston RC. Linkage and association. Genet Epidemiol. 1998;15(6):565-76. Review.
4: Chowdhry L, Khan ZK, Kulshrestha DK. Evaluation of himachalol in murine invasive aspergillosis. Mycoses. 1996 Nov-Dec;39(11-12):449-52.
5: Michalski JM, Wong JW, Gerber RL, Yan D, Cheng A, Graham MV, Renna MA, Sawyer PJ, Perez CA. The use of on-line image verification to estimate the variation in radiation therapy dose delivery. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1993 Oct 20;27(3):707-16.
6: Allen SP, Sampson AP, Piper PJ, Chester AH, Ohri SK, Yacoub MH. Enhanced excretion of urinary leukotriene E4 in coronary artery disease and after coronary artery bypass surgery. Coron Artery Dis. 1993 Oct;4(10):899-904.
7: Granoff DM, Weinberg GA, Shackelford PG. IgG subclass response to immunization with Haemophilus influenzae type b polysaccharide-outer membrane protein conjugate vaccine. Pediatr Res. 1988 Aug;24(2):180-5.
8: Bookstein FL. A statistical method for biological shape comparisons. J Theor Biol. 1984 Apr 7;107(3):475-520.

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