Omics approaches may help "develop personalized countermeasure packages that optimize the safety and performance" of astronauts, write Michael Schmidt from MetaboLogics and Thomas Goodwin from the NASA Johnson Space Center in a review published online in Metabolomics.

In particular, they focus on how biochemical differences between astronauts may be assessed and used to find ways to protect them from the medical hazards of spaceflight.

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