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Researchsome belongs to the -omics set of words, which comprises genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and related words dealing with scientific research, mostly in the biological sciences and related disciplines, like bioinformatics.

Origin of term[edit]

Devised partly as a joke, the term was coined by Ivan Erill, from UMBC, and first used in an oral communication at the 15th Evolutionary Biology Meeting at Marseilles (France) in 2011.[1]

The original researchsome slide by Ivan Erill at the 2011 EBM meeting

As opposed to other -omic words, which originate as portmanteau from incorrect application of either the -some suffix (derived from the Greek σῶμα (soma, body) as in chromosome or the -nome suffix (from the Greek νόμος (nomos, "custom" or "law") as in economics),[2][3][4] researchsome is among the few newly minted words in the biosciences that derives properly from soma and should be read as "body of research". Obviously, the word has a double entendre interpretation as "some research".


As an entity, the researchsome is meant to be a graphical representation of the body of research conducted by a particular individual or organization. It depicts research fields and their interconnections, much in the same way that graphical renditions of interactomes outline molecules and their interactions. In its original application, the researchsome was designed to convey a rapid overview of a researcher's areas of expertise onto which the relevant fields for a given lecture or talk could be highlighted.

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  1. ^ (2011) "15th EBM PROGRAM" Evolutionary Biology Meeting at Marseilles'.' Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Yadav SP (2007). "The wholeness in suffix -omics, -omes, and the word om". J Biomol Tech. 18 (5): 277. PMC 2392988Freely accessible. PMID 18166670. 
  3. ^ Kuska B (1998). "Beer, Bethesda, and biology: how "genomics" came into being". J Natl Cancer Inst. 90 (2): 93. PMID 9450566. doi:10.1093/jnci/90.2.93. 
  4. ^ Jong Bhak (2011) "History of Omics" The History of Omics: as a generic name for various omics and a standalone biology discipline.' Retrieved December 14, 2011.

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