Unlocking Unique Insights Into Health
Metabolomics is the study of metabolites and metabolic pathways. Metabolites are the small molecules that swim around in our bodies that provide the energy and the biomass to support all cellular processes. Measuring the metabolome is poised to reveal a more holistic understanding of an individual than any other data set.
Unlike genomics which provides information about what “could happen” or proteomics which relays information on the cell machinery that “makes things happen”, metabolites are a functional readout for what is “actually happening” inside an individual. We can understand the activity of enzymes by the presence or absence of certain metabolites.
Furthermore, metabolites are influenced by both the genome and the environment, thus providing a “chemical fingerprint” of an individual’s overall health and lifestyle. In fact, the metabolites in your urine are a more unique identifier than your fingerprint- they reveal sex, age, ethnicity, recent travels, diet, predisposition to disease, and response to therapy.