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Local researchers turn to scorpions, spiders for cancer cures

Local researchers turn to scorpions, spiders for cancer cures

Source: KOMO TV

Dr. Jim Olson of Seattle Children’s said he and his team of seven researchers can take DNA sequences from plants and animals, and turn them into drug candidates in their Seattle based laboratory, the only one in the world capable of creating 10,000 new drug candidates in just three weeks. Dr. Olson said the goal is for doctors to find drugs that are more natural and less damaging than drugs that are currently used to fight disease.Dr. Jim Olson of Seattle Children’s said he and his team of seven researchers can take DNA sequences from plants and animals, and turn them into drug candidates in their Seattle based laboratory, the only one in the world capable of creating 10,000 new drug candidates in just three weeks. Dr. Olson said the goal is for doctors to find drugs that are more natural and less damaging than drugs that are currently used to fight disease.

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