The National Research Council of Canada of Ottawa has received US Patent No. 8,057,852, "Microdevice for a fluorescence-based assay, and a method for making the microdevice." The method includes providing a substrate consisting of poly(cyclic olefin); protecting the substrate from ultraviolet light; and subjecting a surface of said UV-protected substrate to ozone oxidation to activate it; where intrinsic fluorophores on the surface of the substrate remain substantially unchanged after the ozone oxidation.

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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.