[NetBehaviour] Alberta scientists map human metabolome chemicals.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jan 29 17:32:09 CET 2007
Alberta scientists map human metabolome chemicals.
Scientists in Alberta say they are the first team to finish a draft of
the chemical equivalent of the human genome, paving the way for faster,
cheaper diagnoses of disease.
The researchers on Wednesday said the Human Metabolome Project, led by
the University of Alberta, has listed and described some 2,500 chemicals
found in or made by the body (three times as many as expected), and
double that number of substances stemming from drugs and food. The
chemicals, known as metabolites, represent the ingredients of life just
as the human genome represents the blueprint of life.
The results of the $7.5-million project, which began in 2004 and
involved 53 scientists, is expected to give doctors and researchers a
new way to identify and diagnose diseases: by examining the chemical
composition of the human body.
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