NEW YORK, March 12 – The ability to identify and assess SNPs will help to increase treatment efficacy and reduce adverse drug reactions, helping to save the healthcare industry more than $1 billion over the next decade, a survey released Monday by Front Line Strategic Management Consulting said.

The Foster City, Calif.-based consultancy said that treatment efficacy could increase by 32 percent over current levels while adverse drug reactions could be reduced by up to 25 percent.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.