NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Autism research will get a surge of financial support from the stimulus package passed last month in Washington, with nearly $60 million already marked for four grant programs that include spending on a variety of genomics studies and the development of diagnostic screening tools.

Led by the National Institute of Mental Health, the "Research to Address the Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders" will fund a range of research topics over the two years researchers have to spend the stimulus money.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.