Lifeomics leads the age of grand discoveries
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- He, F. Sci. China Life Sci. (2013) 56: 201. doi:10.1007/s11427-013-4464-6
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When our knowledge of a field accumulates to a certain level, we are bound to see the rise of one or more great scientists. They will make a series of grand discoveries/breakthroughs and push the discipline into an ‘age of grand discoveries’. Mathematics, geography, physics and chemistry have all experienced their ages of grand discoveries; and in life sciences, the age of grand discoveries has appeared countless times since the 16th century. Thanks to the ever-changing development of molecular biology over the past 50 years, contemporary life science is once again approaching its breaking point and the trigger for this is most likely to be ‘lifeomics’. At the end of the 20th century, genomics wrote out the ‘script of life’; proteomics decoded the script; and RNAomics, glycomics and metabolomics came into bloom. These ‘omics’, with their unique epistemology and methodology, quickly became the thrust of life sciences, pushing the discipline to new high. Lifeomics, which encompasses all omics, has taken shape and is now signalling the dawn of a new era, the age of grand discoveries.