Systems biology is the study networks of various kinds [2,3] so it’s ripe for a collective noun, and there were several suggested on twitter. Since twitter has recently developed a nasty habit of disappearing tweets, here is a collection gathered and preserved for posterity from the twitterome*:
A jamboree of systems biologists?
Tom Williamson and Mike Hucka initially plumped for a Jamboree of systems biologists:
A loop or an ome of systems biologists?
Mike Hucka and Nathan Pearson voted for a Loop or an Ome of systems biologists:
A cluster of systems biologists?
Then again, maybe it should be a cluster of biologists?
A network of systems biologists?
Douglas Kell reckoned on a network of systems biologists:
A system of systems biologists?
Ewan Birney thought it had be be a system:
So there you have it, according to the twitterome, the collective noun for a group of systems biologists is a system, network, cluster, ome, jamboree or loop (delete as appropriate). No doubt there are many more, that’s what twitter hashtags are for, #SysBiologists.
- Arthur D. Lander (2010). The edges of understanding, BMC Biology, 8 (1) DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-8-40
- Hiroaki Kitano (2002). Systems Biology: A Brief Overview, Science, 295 (5560) 1664. DOI: 10.1126/science.1069492
- Trey Ideker, Timothy Galitski & Leroy Hood (2001). Systems Biology: A new approach to decoding life, Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics, 2 (1) 372. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.genom.2.1.343
* That’s another #badomics award for Jonathan Eisen’s growing collection…don’t blame me, blame Leonid Kruglyak