Columbia University of New York has received US Patent No. 8,263,192, "Methods for modifying surfaces." A method is claimed for modifying a surface of a monolayer by a) coating a monolayer on a substrate, where the monolayer is formed by self-assembly of end-surfactant molecules, positioning a photoactive functional group at the air-monolayer interface; and b) exposing the monolayer to radiation, where each organic group of the monolayer contains a first functionality that is not converted to a second functionality upon exposure to acid.

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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.