Every living organism has a code that influences how it grows and interacts with the environment. Genomics is the set of tools that allows us to better understand or manipulate this code and its protein products.
There is no part of our lives, nor that of our planet where genomics doesn’t play an important role:
- Understanding our own genetic make-up will lead to better healthcare
- Improving the genetic make-up of our food will make for more effective agriculture
- Learning how to utilize the genomes of the billions of species of microbes that make up ~50% of the earth’s biomass will allow us to improve the water we drink, the air we breath and the way we extract minerals or energy from the earth.