After failing to snag any revenue-generating collaborations with private-sector partners, AxCell Biosciences has scaled back its effort. Earlier this month the Newtown, Penn.-based provider of protein-protein interaction data laid off 14 of its 20 employees and resigned itself to pursuing drug discovery through its academic collaborators — what AxCell interim CEO Michael Becker refers to as a “virtual drug-discovery model.”

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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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