What is genOm and where does its name come from?

What is genOm and where does its name come from?

Nature surrounding us always inspired musicians, painters, writers and the like to create and to name their art based on it. Discover now where FRIG‘S EP genOm takes its name from!

genOm is known to have its inspiration from two different, yet inspiring areas. In the fields of molecular biology and genetics, a genome is the genetic material of an organism. It consists of DNA (or RNA in RNA viruses). The genome includes both the genes (the coding regions) and the noncoding DNA. The term genome was created in 1920 by Hans Winkler, professor of botany at the University of Hamburg, Germany. The Oxford Dictionary suggests the name is a blend of the words gene and chromosome.

FRIG‘S EP also takes its name from Geosmin, a compound responsible for the earthy taste of beetroots and a contributor to the strong scent that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather or when soil is disturbed (its name is derived from the Ancient Greek geo- earth and osme – smell). It’s produced by various blue-green algae and filamentous bacteria in the class Actinomyces. What it’s truly amazing is that the human nose is extremely sensitive to geosmin and is able to detect it at concentrations as low as 5 part per trillion.

FUN FACT!

It is known that camels can use geosmin released by bacteria to track vegetation from miles away.

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