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I’m still waiting for the PZome

“-ome” and “-omic” are overused, as Jonathan Eisen has been saying for years, and now the Wall Street Journal has taken notice. There are 404 “-omics” disciplines? It’s so silly that there is now a Badomics generator to invent new terms.

It’s still missing PZomics. I’m serious, it could be a real science, you know…I don’t know why researchers aren’t lining up to get cell samples from me. (There’s probably more money in Venteromics—I say “psshhht!” to their dedication to the principles of true knowledge over mere pecuniary gain.)

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  1. Brownian says

    I’m serious, it could be a real science, you know…I don’t know why researchers aren’t lining up to get cell samples from me.

    Well, waiting around for it to happen won’t make it so.

    Go on the offensive! Leave cell samples around! Drum up interest in the neighbourhood!

  2. viggen111 says

    There’s probably more money in Venteromics

    Venter would certainly like to believe there is.

  3. Sili says

    I thought the PZome was your underwater lair.

    In dread R’lyeh did PZed M’rs a mighty cepha PZome decree.

    Don’t tell me, you sent the wrong blueprints.

  4. kurt1 says

    There’s probably more money in Venteromics

    It´s an established field, his whole genome is known and there are several books about his ego. In fact his ego is so enormous there is enough for all of us!

  5. ChasCPeterson says

    “-ome” and “-omic” are overused

    Yes.

    The one I hate? ‘Rhizome’. Is it a root? is it a freakin stem? They won’t say! What are you hiding, botanists?

    Oh, and also ‘prop-comic’.

  6. kurt1 says

    I wonder what Pharygulomics would be.

    High throughput methods to study genome, transcriptome, metabolism, proteom and lipidome of pharyngula stage embryos, of course.

  7. says

    My badomics word is:

    Vagrantomics

    Smith et al (2012) Sequencing the Vagrantome reveals insights into evolution and the environment.
    Nat Biotechnol 30(7):213-222

    – – –

    You know, the creationists have there own little ‘-ome’, the ‘Baranome’, defined by Dutch creationist and geneticist (yeah, I don’t get that either)Peter Borger as: ‘the undifferentiated, uncommitted, multipurpose genome of a created kind’.
    Basically it’s a ridiculous attempt at translating YEC and ‘created kinds’ bullshit into the jargon of molecular genetics.

  8. says

    I wonder what Pharygulomics would be.

    I’m not sure. Its principles would probably differ, however, from the fields of Mabusomics, Hoggleomics and Hovindomics.

  9. says

    I don’t know why researchers aren’t lining up to get cell samples from me.

    Having spent my entire morning getting blood tests done, I’mma go out on a limb here and guess that you probably don’t actually want to be hounded for samples.

    I mean, sure, at first it’s a simple cheek swab, but soon those devious scientists will be moving on to blood and various other, uh, ‘fluids’.

  10. says

    Would “NOMnomics” be the study of the heads-up-assedness of members of the National Organization for Marriage? Or perhaps the analysis of the cost of munching snack foods?

  11. Brownian says

    Brownian,
    Isn’t that a P’zone? With an N? Like a calzone?

    Yeah, that’s right. Nuracil pairs with calzosine, I think. So, what’s the problem, one base pair substitution? Is that such a big deal in the context of an entire genone, especially one covered with melted cheese and tasty toppings?

    Anyway, don’t you have fluids to be tested?

  12. franko says

    One answer is to accept as valid “omics” only those disiplines with an interesting website ome page (groan!)

  13. Moggie says

    Audley:

    My fluids have all been tested, thankyouverymuch.

    I hope they put them back afterwards?

    I’m afraid I read “PZome” as “PZDome”. You know: two zebrafish enter, one zebrafish leaves.

  14. Brownian says

    My fluids have all been tested, thankyouverymuch.

    I hope they put them back afterwards?

    Yeah, especially the humours.

  15. spamamander, more skeptical-er and rational-er than you says

    I’m going to quietly pout in the corner as Audley beat me to the P’Zone joke. And now I am seriously jonesing for some Pizza Hut.

  16. Brownian says

    I’m going to quietly pout in the corner as Audley beat me to the P’Zone joke.

    [exfuckingplodes]

  17. Brownian says

    Oh come on, “Brownian”, we all know you’re Audley’s sock puppet.

    We’ve been found out! C’mon Audley, let’s cheese it!

    So long, suckers!

    [Hops on the back of Audley’s motorcycle, rides to freedom]

  18. (e)m says

    @16 Zeno

    NOMnomics:

    1. The study of the incedental costs of smoking marijuana.
    2. The study of the incedental costs of dorm life.
    3. The study of how much damage is done by the National Organization (against)Marriage.

  19. says

    Audley Z. Darkheart@ 24

    Having had all my bodily fluids tested and preparing for an abdominal CT (drinking the apple smoothie barium mixture) and awaiting the injection of the radiopaque dye, I can commiserate. Next week a HIDA scan and EGD. That’s what you get when you complain about gastritis and nausea.

  20. says

    grumpypathdoc:

    (drinking the apple smoothie barium mixture)

    Oh, lucky! When I had a CT scan, the barium solution was butterscotch. Warm butterscotch. I don’t like butterscotch in the first place. :(

    Brownian:

    We’ve been found out! C’mon Audley, let’s cheese it!

    Vroom vroom!

  21. phoenicianromans says

    I’m thinking of coining a term for the study of general purpose procedural programming languages. I can call it C-omics…

  22. Stevarious says

    Is it too late to call for someone to begin a study in Omic-nomics? Who is going to catalog the Omicome?

  23. says

    Actually, I disagree… heh.

    “…omics’ denotes a field of study exploring and understanding everything within a finite category (the “…ome”). It’s exploded in use because it fills a useful linguistic niche. You might as well say that “..ology” is over used.

  24. ChasCPeterson says

    Yeah, especially the humours.

    Wouldn’t want to go all hysterical now, would we?

    What? No no. Humoural imbalances can make you melancholy, sanguine, phlegmatic, or uh (what’s the other one? choleric? I think so but G**GLE IS DOWN!!!!)

  25. sachatur says

    it must be PZ’s post from earlier that’s got me thinking “What’s wrong with Come and Comic?”

  26. says

    I thought for sure I wouldn’t be the first to point out it is “pzology”, not “pzomics”. Pharyngulomics seems appropriate.

    Just so we’re clear, “-ology” = study of, “nomics/omics” = study of the measurement of.

  27. spamamander, more skeptical-er and rational-er than you says

    Wait, Brownian and Audrey aren’t the same?? I have to be in two different lines for the sex?

    Damnit.

  28. spamamander, more skeptical-er and rational-er than you says

    And that would be Audley. Don’t drink and post, folks.