COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY – Half a year after scientists at Washington University published the first human cancer genome, several research groups have embarked on projects that use second-generation sequencing technologies to comprehensively characterize single nucleotide variants, copy number changes, chromosomal rearrangements, and gene expression in various tumor types.

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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.