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Aug 14 2012

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. 1
    Anthony K

    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. 2
    viggen111

    There’s probably more money in Venteromics

    Venter would certainly like to believe there is.

  3. 3
    Sili

    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. 4
    kurt1

    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. 5
    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    I wonder what Pharygulomics would be.

  6. 6
    Louis

    Leave cell samples around!

    {Snigger}

    {Giggle}

    Louis

  7. 7
    ChasCPeterson

    “-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’.

  8. 8
    kurt1

    I wonder what Pharygulomics would be.

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

  9. 9
    pentatomid

    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.

  10. 10
    feralboy12

    Sounds like we have an Omicsgate on our hands.

  11. 11
    hyperdeath

    I wonder what Pharygulomics would be.

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

  12. 12
    tajparis

    New paper opportunity:

    Omeomics: The increasing prevalence of omicomes and the rise of omeomicology.

  13. 13
    Glen Davidson

    It’s a gnomic saying that one should be economic with the use of “-omic.” The matter isn’t comic.

    Glen Davidson

  14. 14
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    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’.

  15. 15
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    fucking Gnomes

  16. 16
    Zeno

    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?

  17. 17
    Anthony K

    I tracked down your PZome. Apparently, Pizza Hut sells them.

  18. 18
    Alexandra (née Audley)

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

    (Just call me Audley, the joke ruiner.)

  19. 19
    Anthony K

    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?

  20. 20
    franko

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

  21. 21
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    Brownian:
    My fluids have all been tested, thankyouverymuch.

  22. 22
    Moggie

    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.

  23. 23
    Anthony K
    My fluids have all been tested, thankyouverymuch.

    I hope they put them back afterwards?

    Yeah, especially the humours.

  24. 24
    Alexandra (née Audley)
    My fluids have all been tested, thankyouverymuch.

    I hope they put them back afterwards?

    Yeah, especially the humours.

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

  25. 25
    spamamander, internet amphibian

    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.

  26. 26
    Anthony K

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

    [exfuckingplodes]

  27. 27
    Moggie

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

  28. 28
    Anthony K

    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]

  29. 29
    Andy Long

    I’ve heard of a PZ-otomy, but that’s something entirely different.

  30. 30
    (e)m

    @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.

  31. 31
    grumpypathdoc

    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.

  32. 32
    BrianX

    I’m going to start a new discipline analyzing Dharmic meditation. I’ll call it om-omics.

  33. 33
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    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!

  34. 34
    ivarhusa

    #29 Oh, no. That’s a groaner. Better than P’zone (which I came up with, too).

  35. 35
    phoenicianromans

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

  36. 36
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

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

  37. 37
    skeptifem

    You already have the PZone. Don’t be greedy.

  38. 38
    elliebanwell

    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.

  39. 39
    ChasCPeterson
    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!!!!)

  40. 40
    sachatur

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

  41. 41
    maxdevlin

    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.

  42. 42
    a3kr0n

    I’d call it PZebramics myself. I just saw something about those little fish too. Super uber computerized magnification, or something.
    Would it be possible for you to blog sometime about the different genetics between the top of a tree, the bottom, and it’s roots? Would seeds from the tops be different than from the bottoms? This is neat stuff!

  43. 43
    spamamander, internet amphibian

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

    Damnit.

  44. 44
    spamamander, internet amphibian

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

  45. 45
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    I’ve got people queuing up for sex??

    *faints!*

  46. 46
    smutclyde

    Sounds like we have an Omicsgate on our hands.

    This will all end in Omicgeddon.

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