Recruiting Genes

Brigham and Women's Hospital patients "will soon be asked to provide a blood sample for genetic testing," the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson reports. The Harvard-affiliated hospital plans to build a database of genetic information with the hope of elucidating the genetic causes of various diseases. The researchers hope to eventually compile genetic samples from 100,000 people, both sick and healthy, Johnson 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.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.