NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –The Canadian federal government has partnered with the provincial governments and the private sector to pump nearly C$11 million ($10.8 million) into a number of new research projects that will develop new bioinformatic and computational biology tools for handling and analyzing genomic data.

These 17 new research projects were selected through Genome Canada's 2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition, a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Genome Canada said today.

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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.