What is Metabolomics?
Metabolomics is the study of small molecules called metabolites.
Metabolomics is an emerging field of “omics” research specializing in the near-global analysis of small molecule metabolites (<1500 Daltons) found in living organisms. Metabolomics is applicable in many disciplines including disease diagnostics, agriculture food and safety, and pharmaceutical research and development, just to mention a few. The use of metabolomics allows for the discovery of biomarkers, which in turn leads to the development of improved screening methods.
Here are some examples of what the field of metabolomics can do:
Targeted vs Untargeted Metabolomics
There are two approaches to metabolomic analysis: targeted and untargeted.
Targeted: Metabolites, known as priori, are defined by the biological problem and may represent a class of molecules or specific pathyway.
Untargeted: Involves quantification and identification of as many metabolites as possible.
Equipment Used for Metabolomics
Depending on the project,a variety of equipment and techniques may be used in metabolomic analysis. For information on all the equipment used by the Wishart Node, go to our Equipment page.