Dr Pushpanathan Muthuirulan explores why messenger RNA (mRNA) is advantageous for vaccine development and how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated its progress within the pharmaceutical industry.
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Dr Pushpanathan Muthuirulan (Harvard University)
CRISPR holds great promise in advancing pharmacological research and has fuelled the rapid expansion of using gene-edited cells for drug discovery processes. CRISPR-Cas9 dropout screens have emerged as a useful tool for high-throughput large-scale loss-of-function screens, which seek to identify the relationship between genotype and phenotype. Dr Pushpanathan Muthuirulan, Research…
The use of genetic testing has had a positive impact on patient care, bringing abundant opportunities for diagnosis or predictions of future diagnoses. Pushpanathan Muthuirulan explains how the application of genetic screening can help to customise healthcare for individuals based on their unique genetic makeup.
In October this year, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, the two scientists who pioneered the revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Here, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the potential for this technology and the importance of using it safely, ethically and responsibly.
Detailed knowledge of the human genome can provide us with extensive information about the causes of disease and how patients will respond to treatments. In this article, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan explores the concept of genetic testing and the potential for pharmacogenomic testing to transform healthcare.
Gene editing using the CRISPR system has been established as the most powerful tool in the search for new drugs and is now being exploited for therapeutic purposes. Here, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the promises and wider opportunities of using CRISPR technology to open up the possibility of large-scale screening of…