The Planning Board of Maryland's Montgomery County told two prospective developers of large mixed-use projects that it would not retreat from imposing new fees or "exactions" as conditions of approval, absent more details about development costs and economic benefits associated with the plans.

At a morning-long work session Thursday the board members in favor of the new exactions said they were unconvinced by an economic analysis submitted by consultant RCLCO for Johns Hopkins University and local developer Percontee.

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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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