Summary

  • Metabolomics is the large-scale study of small molecules (metabolites) within cells, tissues or organisms.
  • Applications of metabolomics are found within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and agricultural industries, among others.
  • There are two main approaches used in metabolomic studies: untargeted (global) and targeted (specific).
  • Careful planning and design of experiments is of paramount importance in metabolomic studies.
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS) are two of the most commonly used analytical methods in metabolomic studies.
  • EMBL-EBI has three main resources that cover the field of metabolomics: Metabolights, ChEBI and Reactome.