NEW YORK, Feb 20 – Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) said Tuesday he had recommended to President George W. Bush that a new position of biotechnology coordinator be created in order to unify efforts among a number of government agencies.

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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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