On March 16, the US Food and Drug Administration rolled out its Critical Path Opportunities List — 76 projects that it expects to help set priorities for the Critical Path Initiative, which it kicked off in 2004 to help speed the drug-development process [BioInform 03-24-06].

The list includes eight projects under the topic of "Harnessing Bioinformatics," which could be a key driver for bioinformatics efforts that are aligned with those recommended projects.

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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.