Genomics Taxonomy

Genomics Glossary Taxonomy

As ONS works to update and expand available genomic education, resources and publications, use of current terminology consistently is a priority to help avoid confusion and reflect the state of the evidence. We are in the midst of a terminology transition as we move from genetics into genomics. The goal is for all oncology nurses to be fluent in not just these terms, but the underlying concepts and their applications in practice. This taxonomy serves as foundation for terminology that will begin to be represented in ONS materials. As the evidence base continues to evolve and expand, so will this taxonomy. You can refer to the outline of the taxonomy to find the categorization of terms.

  • Genome Foundations

    The Genome Foundations category will introduce terminology that fits under the term genome with a subcategory of clinical genomics and includes terms like allele, germ line, precision medicine, and genomics. Learn more about the 24 terms that fit under this category.

    Genome Foundations Terms
  • Mode of Inheritance

    The Mode of Inheritance category will introduce terminology that fits under the term mode of inheritance with a subcategory of Family History and includes terms like autosomal dominant and pedigree. Learn more about the 8 terms that fit under this category.

    Mode of Inheritance Terms
  • Biomarkers

    The Biomarkers category will introduce terminology that fits under the term biomarker and includes terms like diagnostic biomarker and predictive biomarker. Learn more about the 8 terms that fit under this category.

    Biomarkers Terms
  • Biomarker Testing

    The Biomarker Testing category will introduce terminology that fits under the term genetic testing and includes terms like immunohistochemistry, liquid biopsy and multi-gene panel testing. Learn more about the 11 terms that fit under this category.

    Biomarker Testing Terms
  • Variant

    The Variant category will introduce terminology that fits under the term variant and includes terms like frameshift, missense, and microsatellite instability (MSI). Learn more about the 13 terms that fit under this category.

    Variant Terms
  • Variant Subcategories

    The Variant Subcategories will continue to organize terminology that fits under the term variant with categories like Germline Variant Classification, Somatic Variants, and Somatic Variant Classification. Learn more about the 23 terms included on this page.

    Variant Subcategories Terms
  • Incidental Finding

    The Incidental Findings category will introduce terminology that fits under the term incidental findings includes terms like anticipatable and discovery finding. Learn more about the 5 terms that fit under this category.

    Incidental Finding Terms
  • Genomics Taxonomy References

    Resources cited in development of this taxonomy.

    References

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