While cancer's microRNA signature continues to yield to scientific scrutiny, tricky sample prep and the limitations of qPCR have hampered use of miRNA expression patterns as non-invasive biomarkers.

A pair of recently published studies from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, however, now show droplet digital PCR to be an effective tool for quantifying low-abundance circulating miRNAs from both plasma and sputum of lung cancer patients.

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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.