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Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.001.0001

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Systems Under Your Skin

Systems Under Your Skin

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(p.181) 15 Systems Under Your Skin
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Systems Science and Population Health
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Karina Standahl Olsen

Hege Bøvelstad

Eiliv Lund

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.003.0015

This chapter discusses, with some brief historical background, how –omics analyses in population research help to bring us closer to a more functional view of causal associations. The chapter explains how, in the early 1980s there was an attempt to combine molecular biology and epidemiology. The chapter also explains how systems science is an essential tool in our armamentarium toward this particular understanding. It discusses some prerequisites of this new emerging field, including aspects of study design, human sample material, data analysis and biological interpretation of –omics data in population research. Also discussed here are challenges for the future and emerging directions in the field.

Keywords:   genomics, metabolomics, sample collection, multilevel, cells to society

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