Over at the World's Fair, Benjamin Cohen asks if, in this day of synthetic genomes, has there ever been a larger gap in what science can do and the public understanding of science? He says to answer this question, which he leaves for his audience to do, there has to be a way to know and measure the public understanding of science as well as wonder about how people in the past understood Robert Boyle or Albert Einstein.

 

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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.