By Aaron J. Sender

Michael Giddings likes to think of himself as an explorer. When he was five years old, his father, renowned chemist J. Calvin Giddings, bought him a kayak for Christmas. He made his first river run at age six, and 29 years later he still relishes expeditions through remote waterways. These days, however, the University of North Carolina researcher focuses his attention on exploring another of nature’s mysteries: the genome.

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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.