10 ’Omics You Need To Know

Confused by the proliferation of ‘omics but don’t want to be left behind? Fret not, Asian Scientist Magazine has got you covered with our handy explainer on the hottest ‘omics around.


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Material studied: Carbohydrates
Methods used: Mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography

Glycans are carbohydrate (sugar) molecules with a huge array of structural diversity. Usually found attached to proteins or lipids, they are involved in a wide range of cellular processes, including protein folding, cell adhesion, signaling, and recognition of bacteria and viruses.

Glycomics—the study of the complete set of glycans in the system, as well as the molecules they modify—is an emerging field for which technologies such as mass spectrometry and glycan arrays are being developed.

Shuzhen received a PhD degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, where she studied the immune response of mosquito vectors to dengue virus.

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