Roche's 454 Life Sciences continues to develop longer reads for its Genome Sequencer FLX system and to improve its sample-prep process, multiplex identifying tags, and paired-end library protocols, according to a company official.

In addition, the company has developed an Amplicon Variant Analyzer software for "ultra-deep" amplicon sequencing — an application that it says is increasingly used for clinical sequencing projects — and has further developed its Newbler assembler in order to be able to assemble large eukaryotic genomes de novo.

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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.