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For Julie Steenhuysen's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

World / Science & Health May 14, 2015

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a move some say is transforming the development of medicines. The efforts will help researchers identify rare genetic mutations by scanning ...

Cure sought in the blood of Ebola survivors

World / Science & Health Dec 22, 2014

Cure sought in the blood of Ebola survivors

For months, Vanderbilt University researcher Dr. James Crowe has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped them overcome the deadly virus for use in new, potent drugs. His efforts finally paid off in mid-November ...

FDA ready to work with firms on Ebola drugs

World / Science & Health Aug 3, 2014

FDA ready to work with firms on Ebola drugs

The worst Ebola outbreak in history is heaping new pressure on U.S. regulators to speed the development of treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 700 people since February. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday said in an emailed statement it ...