What is a genome?
A genome is a collection of information, embodied in a stable, static form, which an organism interprets to stay alive. If we are being strict with terminology, a genome is exclusively made out of genes (DNA molecules) but this definition is overly restrictive for the purposes of this document. This document is a genome made from words.
Jewish humans call their genome The Torah. American humans call their genome The Constitution. Some people store parts of their identity in novels, or hand written letters, or social media profiles.
Our genome is an ever growing eclectic collection of texts which together constitutes the identity of the Genome Collective. It’s much more than a set of rules, although it does contain a list of best practices. This genome is a touchstone, a reminder of what it means to be a member of this living community.
Genomes are living documents. Genomes evolve. House members are expected to read and contribute to this document, and to modify it often.