ARLINGTON, Va., April 10 – The National Science Foundation pruned back its research programs but has left two key genomics initiatives to flourish in the 2002 federal budget request the Bush administration submitted to Congress on Monday.

The budget request allocates $4.47 billion for the NSF, a $56 million, or 1.3 percent increase over the agency's 2001 budget. The research funds in the budget decrease a half percent, from $3.343 billion in 2001, to $3.337 billion. 

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Kite Pharmaceuticals' CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphomas, the New York Times reports.

Kaiser Health News reports that gene therapies could cost more than a million dollars.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.