"The transcriptome is the expression of the genome. In other words, the genome is like a book or encyclopedia that contains all the information that is needed to make an individual. The transcriptome is like an excerpt from the book that instructs a cell to perform a certain function - like moving or killing a bacteria."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.