Scottish diagnostics firm Axis-Shield announced this week an agreement to allow Bio-Rad Laboratories an option to commercialize heparin binding protein as a biomarker for severe sepsis.

Under the terms of the agreement, the financial details of which were not disclosed, Bio-Rad will have the right to develop the HBP marker for use on its proprietary laboratory instruments worldwide.

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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.