The US Senate is pleased by the creation of the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, but recently "scolded" the National Institutes of Health for its messy creation process, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The Senate expressed its grievance in a note that accompanied the 2012 spending bill recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee — the bill cuts NIH's budget by 0.6 percent (to $30.5 billion) next year, Kaiser says.

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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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