It’s been 20 months since Trevor Hawkins sent shudders through his staff at Amersham Biosciences by telling a GenomeWeb reporter that, in his new position as senior vice president of genomics there, he would emulate the management style of his “absolute hero … Jack Welch,” the General Electric CEO known, among other things, for showing less productive employees to the door.

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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.