A collection of sequence features (typically a collection of chromosomes) that covers the sum genetic material within a cell or virion (where 'genetic material' refers to any nucleic acid that is part of a cell or virion and has been inherited from an ancestor cell or virion, and/or can be replicated and inherited by its progeny)

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alternative term

'genome sequence'


A genome is considered the complement of all heritable sequence features in a given cell or organism (chromosomal or extrachromosomal). This is typically a collection of >1 sequence molecules (e.g. chromosomes), but in some organisms (e.g. bacteria) it may be a single sequence macromolecule (e.g. a circular plasmid). For this reason 'genome' classifies under 'sequence feature complement'.

editor note

Genotype vs Genome in GENO: An (genomic) genotype is an information artifact representing a shorthand syntax for specifying what is known about variation in a genome sequence. This syntax has reference and variant components - a 'reference genome' and 'genomic variation complement' - that must be operated on to resolve a final genome sequence (i.e. substituting all sequences specified by the 'genomic variation complement' for the corresponding sequences in the 'reference genome'). So, while the total sequence content represented in a genotype may be greater than that in a genome, the intended resolution of these sequences is to arrive at a single genome sequence.

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