Genomics Gets Chemical


"I was happy, to be honest, when I heard that there are only 35,000 genes," says Dalia Cohen, global head of functional genomics at Novartis. Drugmakers are already drowning in new potential drug targets. But despite spending billions of dollars on genomic tools such as microarray, gene-knockout, overexpression, and antisense technologies to pinpoint a new target's role in disease, drug development has become more expensive and less efficient.

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