Beyond the Genome

Abstract

Beyond the genome lies the phenome, which term denotes the global – partly impressionistic – set of traits according to which biologists categorize an organism as a member of one particular taxonomic entity rather than of another. Although there does exist a causal ontogenetic relation between genome and phenome, it is not the case that an organism's genome can be usefully considered as a one‐dimensional representation of its multidimensional phenome.

Keywords: genetic information; meaning; epigenetic landscape; nervous system; Siamese cat

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Stent, Gunther S(Jan 2006) Beyond the Genome. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005468]