10 ’Omics You Need To Know

Confused by the proliferation of ‘omics but don’t want to be left behind? Fret not, Asian Scientist Magazine has got you covered with our handy explainer on the hottest ‘omics around.


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Material studied: Phenotype
Methods used: Every one of them!

Even with the huge volume of genomic information now available, the genetic basis of complex traits, such as intelligence, remains unclear. To address this, phenomics uses high-throughput approaches to measure an organism’s full set of phenotypes—or observable traits—and link them to genetic information.

Many types of phenotypic data can be collected. Besides the use of ‘omics approaches to gather RNA, protein and metabolite profiles, high-throughput imaging techniques can be used to study development, physiology and even behavior.

This article was first published in the print version of Asian Scientist Magazine, July 2016.


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Shuzhen received a PhD degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, where she studied the immune response of mosquito vectors to dengue virus.

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