Solexa named Richard Lussier to the newly created position of vice president of sales and field operations, the company said last week.

He was president and general manager of Applied Biosystems Japan for five years and held other managerial positions in US, Japanese, and other Asian field organizations for ABI. He also managed the Asia-Pacific operations for Celera Genomics and held global field operations management positions with MJ Research, now part of Bio-Rad Laboratories, and with Fluidigm.

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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.