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Nature (Dec. 1) – The field of metabolomics (the large-scale study of small molecules) is advancing, thanks to leaps in detection capabilities and increasingly sophisticated ways of isolating and handling single cells and developments in bioinformatics.  “We are getting close to making single-cell metabolomics robust,” says Jonathan Sweedler, an analytical chemist at Illinois. “I can't see exactly how it is going to work, but I look at the increase in detectability and throughput of mass spectrometry and I say it will happen.”