Canadian Researchers Map the Human Metabolome

Canadian researchers have completed the world’s first map of the human metabolome. (via)

“If you can think of the genome as the blueprint of life, the metabolome represents the ingredients of life. That includes things like glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, it includes things like vitamins and amino acids, all the things that are in your body that help us function.”

The collection of the list of chemicals and compounds in the human body has been in progress since 2004, and consists of about 2,500 different chemicals. The instructions to produce these chemicals are in the genome.


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