NEW YORK, Oct 30 - For years bioinformaticists and cheminformaticists inhabited distinct realms of the scientific universe. But over the past year, a handful of companies have announced mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships that indicate that these walls are coming down.

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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.

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

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