Metabolomics Connects Genome to Phenotype
Understanding phenotypes is the central need for enabling research and medical advances. The exploration of gene function and the use of genomics tools have been a focal-point for unraveling phenotypes for the last 2 decades. But, while these genomic tools have provided many important insights and discoveries a staggeringly complex picture has also emerged. Deciphering the meaningful biological signal form noise amongst all of this complexity is a persistent challenge.
Since metabolites are regarded as an intermediate phenotype, metabolomics has emerged as an ideal way to bridge the genotype-phenotype relationship. However, there are critical considerations to successful implementation of metabolomics; platforms must be highly stable, scalable and able to capture a meaningfully broad swath of the metabolites within a biological sample.