At the Beyond the Genome conference this week, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute researcher Nidhi Bindal presented a report on the institute's COSMIC tool — a Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. COSMIC is a data-mining and discovery tool that focuses on cancer mutations that are sporadic or due to environmental factors. It curates somatic mutation data from trusted resources, combines the information into one database, and provides researchers with a varied range of analysis tools, Bindal said.

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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.

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