NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is in the process of hiring about 20 new staffers who will help analyze the growing amount of data it is generating through its sequencing activities.

JGI, which is headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., says some of the new staffers will hold positions within its separate plant, fungi, and metagenome programs, and others in the informatics department that offers support across all three.

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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.

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