In Sujay Singh's cartoon, shown to participants at the recent RNAi conference in Waltham, Mass., an impish red "Dicer" ball has its arms wrapped around the shoulders of a smiling electric blue character representing a half-ladder of siRNA. The siRNA half-ladder reaches its doughy arms out to grab a green mRNA character, and drags it to a roundish fellow, RISC, which is wielding a large pair of scissors to chop up the mRNA.

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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.