Vlaanderen and colleagues1 provide a timely summary of how OMICS technologies can be applied to research into the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures. The type of exciting advances being made in understanding pathogenesis at the molecular level is well-illustrated by recent discoveries concerning epigenetic mechanisms of carcinogenesis2. This accumulation of mechanistic knowledge is, in part at least, based on the technological advances of the various OMICS platforms summarised in the accompanying article.
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