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Sunday 8 July 2007

Definition: Phenomics is the systematic study of phenotypes on a genome-wide scale, by integrating basic, clinical and information sciences.

Phenomics is a field of study concerned with the characterization of phenotypes (phenome), which are characteristics of organisms that arise via the interaction of the genome with the environment.

Phenomics is a word coined by Steven A. Garan, Director of the Aging Research Centre (ARC) at a guest lecture he gave at the University of Waterloo in 1996.

The term is used by Australian Phenomics Facility, where mice are bred to show the effects that different genes have on their development.

The Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics at UCLA was established under the aegis of the NIH Roadmap Initiative in 2007 to advance understanding of neuropsychiatric phenotypes (neuropsychiatric phenome) on a genome-wide scale.


- neuropsychiatric phenomics
- tumoral phenomics or cancer phenomics

See also

- human phenome (human phenomics)

  • neuropsychiatric phenome (see CNP)

- cancer phenome (cancer phenomics)


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- Garan, S. A., et al (2003). "Phenomics: a new direction for the study of neuroendocrine aging", Experimental Gerontology, Vol 38 (1-2), 218.


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