Science and the Cliff

The looming fiscal cliff, with its January 1st deadline, could lead to automatic cuts to the US budget, including about $57.5 billion in funding over the next five years for research and development programs, reports Science Progress, a progressive science policy website.

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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.