Informatics for the Other 'Omic

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Staunch metabolomicists contend that a complete map of all small-molecule metabolites in the human body would bring us much closer to where expectations have been set for personalized medicine in the 21st century than any advance in genomics or proteomics might allow. The challenge is that for all its predicted usefulness in a clinical setting, metabolomics is an exponentially more difficult problem to tackle — some researchers say that it's still not exactly clear what constitutes a complete picture of all human metabolites.

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