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Not to Be Confused with 'Ohm'

More than seven years ago, Austin at Not Ranting — Honestly contemplated the meanings of "-ome" and "-omics" at a time when resistance to this rhetoric was "useless." In a 2003 Physiology News piece, Austin wrote that "'ome is one of those made-up words, more and more common nowadays, produced by taking a sensible word – like 'transcription or 'protein or 'physiology' – and tagging '-ome' on the end. This instantly turns it into something incredibly modern-sounding but whose precise meaning no one understands. Transcriptome. Proteome. Physiome." Taking this concept a step further, he said, results in "Transcriptomics. Proteomics. Metabolomics." While Austin acknowledged at the time the practicality — and even sensibility — of the aformentioned terms, he predicted that "within the next five years many physiologists will be working in departments or schools of 'physiological genomics' (best case) or 'integrative biomics,' or even just 'integratomics.'" Given the National Institutes of Health's ongoing support for projects that aim to map the "connectome," it seems that '-omes' and 'omics' are still "necessary … for scientific now-ness," Austin says in a recent post.

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.