Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has adopted a shareholder rights plan designed to stave off a potential hostile takeover, presented new data on its systemic RNAi efforts, and signed two intellectual property out-licensing deals.

The disclosures cap a busy couple of weeks for the Cambridge, Mass.-based RNAi drugs shop despite an otherwise characteristically slow summer month. The following is a wrap-up of Alnylam's developments.

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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.