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Labor, health, and consumer advocates have asked the state to repeal the new single sales factor apportionment measure before cutting spending on social programs, but the life science industry is seeking to retain the tax break.

If it passes the state Senate, the measure, which passed the assembly, would declare it ethical for a lawmaker to solicit advice from life-sci pro hired through the new California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program.

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The decision, part of the state's 2010 budget, will allow life-sci shops in FY2011 to determine the percentage of corporate income taxes they owe the state based solely on sales, rather than combining sales with payroll and owned property.

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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.