Publicly shared metabolomics data may contain key answers to central questions in cell biology, but re-use of the data is complicated by the lack of standardized experimental and computational methods in the field. This Comment provides some tips to help ensure that shared metabolomics data are re-used appropriately.
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Stancliffe, E., Patti, G.J. Quick tips for re-using metabolomics data. Nat Cell Biol 24, 1560–1562 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41556-022-01019-2