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A genome is the totality of an organism's hereditary information.

It is usually encoded either in DNA or, formany types of viruses, in RNA. 

The genome includes both the genes and the non-coding sequences of the DNA/RNA.


Genome: A 1930 neologism, this is the second oldest "-ome".

It is defined as " A complete haploid set of chromosomes with its associated genes."

It's use has increased significantly since the inception of the "Genome Project" in 1984.


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