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A recent acquisition streak by Novartis (NVS) is pivoting the company toward new treatments that bear little resemblance to traditional drugs, The Wall Street Journal explains. The drug maker has spent nearly $15 billion in the past year to build its presence in cutting-edge areas of medical research, including gene therapy, or treatments that introduce new DNA into the body, and radiopharmaceuticals, which are drugs that carry radioactive particles to tumors for close-range radiotherapy.

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