NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – German MDx firm New Oncology is planning to launch a liquid biopsy cancer mutation test this year supported by an undisclosed amount raised in a funding round this week.

An offshoot of German contract research and analytics firm Blackfield, New Oncology currently offers a targeted sequencing assay called NeoPlus, which profiles more than 70 cancer-associated genes for point mutations, gene amplifications, gene fusions, and other rearrangements using a target amplification and sequencing strategy.

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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.