Madison, Wisc.-based nanotech shop Platypus Technologies plans to launch its first cell-based assay — the Oris cell migration assay, which it claims is easier to use and more reproducible than current methods — within the week, a company official told CBA News this week.
 
Development of the assay was primarily funded by a $450,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant that the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences awarded last September.
 

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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.