Ethical priority of the most actionable system of biomolecules: the metabolome

Cecil M. Lewis, Laura Isobel McCall, Richard R. Sharp, Paul G. Spicer

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The metabolome is a system of small biomolecules (metabolites) and a direct result of human bioculture. Consequently, metabolomics is well poised to impact anthropological and biomedical research for the foreseeable future. Overall, we provide a perspective on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of metabolomics, which we argue are often more alarming than those of genomics. Given the current mechanisms to fund research, ELSI beyond human DNA is stifled and in need of considerable attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-181
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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