A study in Nature Genetics maps 90 associations between DNA and human blood metabolites, and the research could help develop diagnostic tests and drugs for metabolic disorders. The genetic atlas links metabolic molecules with the genes that can affect them. "Our results advance knowledge in a number of areas of biomedical and pharmacogenetic interest, generating nearly 100 new hypotheses of SNP-metabolite and disease correlates and identifying a large catalog of new potential biomarkers as well as associations to drug targets, transporters, and metabolic enzymes," researchers wrote.

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