What is a genome?

Stencel, A. and Crespi, B. (2013) What is a genome? Molecular Ecology, 22 (13). pp. 3437-3443.

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Abstract

The field of genomics is expanding rapidly, yet the meanings of the word ‘genome’ have yet to be conceptualized in explicit, coherent and useful frameworks. We develop and apply an evolutionary conceptualization of the genome, which represents a logical extension of the evolutionary definition of a gene developed by George C. Williams. An evolutionary genome thus represents a set of genetic material, in a lineage, that due to common interests tends to favour the same or similar phenotypes. This conceptualization provides novel perspectives on genome functions, boundaries and evolution, which should help to guide theoretical and empirical genomics research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: definition;evolution;gene;genome
Author Affiliation: Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Genetics
Environmental Science > Ecology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2013 03:25
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2013 03:25
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12355
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/10801

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