MDRNA said this week that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company a notice of allowance for a patent application "covering methods for the delivery of siRNAs as well as a broad array of compounds with pharmacological activity."

The intellectual property "identifies and protects peptides that were discovered using MDRNA's proprietary Trp Cage Phage Display Library, and describes targeting peptides that demonstrate high binding affinity to, and internalization by, hepatocellular carcinoma cells," the company said.

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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.