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What is Metabolomics?

An introduction to metabolomics

Metabolomics is a non-biased experimental approach that attempts to measure all of the metabolites in the biological sample. Metabolomics studies are often described as untargeted or discovery-based and focus on the global detection and relative quantification of all the metabolites in a sample.

Metabolites are low molecular weight biochemicals, studies are usually performed within a mass range of 50-1000 daltons. Examples of metabolites include, amino acids such as lysine and tryptophan, sugars such as glucose and lipids such as cholesterol.

Professor Warwick Dunn provides an introduction to metabolomics, providing definitions of the commonly used terminology and an overview of the history and development of metabolomics.

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Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

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