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Renee M. Winsky, the new CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland, said the tech council will strengthen its relationships with state lawmakers in hopes of helping the life-sci industry better withstand the state's ongoing fiscal squeeze.

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The state's program provides tax credits equal to 50 percent of an eligible investment, and requires investors make an equal match. Maryland currently sets aside $6 million, though the state House wants it cut to $4 million.

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However, a state official said several factors may enable Maryland to spend more cash on life-sci projects than are currently planned for the year beginning July 1.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.