The Object Management Group’s life sciences research domain task force has set its sights on two new standardization goals. At its recent meeting in Orlando, June 24 to 28, the group began drafting two new requests for proposals. If things go as planned, RFPs for “Gene Expression Identifier and Query Service” and “Biochemical and Cellular Pathways” will issue at the group’s next meeting, scheduled for Helsinki, Finland, September 30 to October 4.

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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.

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