Shoulders of Others

New inventions often build off of what's already around, altering and combining them in new and interesting ways, writes the Emerging Technology from the arXiv blog at MIT's Technology Review. But whether or not that common wisdom is accurate has been unclear.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

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