Bring Out Your Data
Questions, questions, questions... A call for community standards and the archiving of exposomics datasets.
Biswapraya Misra |
David Balshaw (Program Director at the Center for Risk and Integrated Sciences, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) would rather “not define exposome at all” because of ongoing questions as to what may or may not be included (from pre-birth to death), so I too shall refrain from defining it. At one point, the routine ‘food’ we intake is also assigned the status of ‘exposome’ – and rightly so, in my opinion; developmental biologists would see the gut as a hollow tube outside the biological organ system. Given the enormous amounts of exposomics information being generated, it is prime time that community standards – otherwise known as MIAEE (Minimum Information About an Exposomics Experiment) – are introduced and adhered to.
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