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Researchers Create Virtual Map Of Human Metabolism In Health And Disease

March 4, 2013

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online

An international team of researchers have produced what they are dubbing the “Google Maps” of human metabolism – the most comprehensive virtual recreation of the cellular chemical transformation ever crafted.

The model is known as Recon 2, and according to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) – one of the institutes behind the research – it could potentially be used to locate the causes of cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, the metabolism map might even help medical professionals develop new treatments for those conditions.

“Recon 2 allows biomedical researchers to study the human metabolic network with more precision than was ever previously possible. This is essential to understanding where and how specific metabolic pathways go off track to create disease,” Bernhard Palsson, a bioengineering professor the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, explained.

He likened it to the Mountain View, California-based tech giant’s popular web mapping application because, like Google Maps, Recon 2 is capable of combining complicated details into one interactive map.

Read more: Scientists Create 'Google Map' Of Human Metabolism – Health News – redOrbit.

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