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Release Notes—4 October 2022

BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER

Welcome to Metabolon’s latest set of release notes. Your release notes soundtrack can be found here (one of the best bass lines in history). How’s that science thing going? We hope you are changing the world today. You are a hero, and we’re proud of you; never forget that. Here are a few insights about what’s new at Metabolon.

SOFTWARE

User error? Maybe (probably). But always call us if you get stuck because we want you to be successful.

  • Bug fixes
  • Pathway map metabolite fold change sizing fixed.
  • Fixes for direct Discovery Panel link for expired tokens.
  • General Improvements to the Portal:
  • Quality of life improvements to sign-up and login process.
  • Updated code to support the upcoming Manifest Upload page.

MACHINE LEARNING & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (NOT SKYNET)

If you’re too young to know what SkyNet is, we recommend that you binge-watch the entire Terminator movie series now (or tonight after work, ie, keep your job because the world needs more scientists).

  • From human plasma to maize kernels and everything in between, our machine learning now looks for metabolites in whatever species matrix you send us.
  • For any type of human cell, we just expanded our automated QC to provide more oversight on the core machine learning algorithm—we watch the watchmen.

SERVICES

And by “services,” we mean cool stuff like Metabolon Discovery Panels, Targeted Panels, and Single Analyte Assays (Team Oxford Comma!) that help you explore new things. But you knew that. And we knew that you knew that.

Naming update:

We were recently adding compounds to our already impressive, biologically focused, super-library (marketing much?) when we noticed that one of the compound names was a bit ambiguous. There was a more appropriate name to describe this compound’s structure. As we strive to ensure that investigators know what actual molecule on which we are reporting (including having associated database links), we are updating the name of the molecule O-methyltyrosine to tyrosine methyl ester. Don’t worry, the chemical ID remains the same, so you will know you are still tracking the same compound from previous studies. Also, to round out the story, we are adding two new compounds to the library to fill in this molecular family, per the chart below. Enjoy!

Chemical ID Old Name New Name Structure
100002078 O-methyl tyrosine Tyrosine methyl ester
100022738 O-methyltyrosine
100022739 metyrosine

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