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: Small molecules, hormones
Methods used: Mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Metabolites—small molecule products of cellular activity—represent a diverse array of molecule classes. Metabolomics, the study of metabolite profiles, provides a snapshot of the ‘health status’ of cells, tissues or organisms at a specific point in time.

Besides its use in detecting disease- or drug toxicity-related changes in the cell, metabolomic profiling of organisms such as plants and fungi may also be used to monitor environmental health.

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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