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After the success of the genome, scientists have got carried away with the study of 'omics. They all want 'omes of their own

By Oliver Morton   October 2001

Having produced the answer to life, the universe and everything in the form of a complete sequence of the human genome, what do you do for an encore? If you’re in the genomics business, you try and work out what on earth the compact disc full of data really means, argue about how many actual genes there are on it and lobby for funds to create more genomes-rat, raccoon, fruitfly, slime mould, dog, you name it. If you aren’t in the genome business, then you have to try and arrange the mirrors of public perception in such a way as…

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