By Monica Heger

The University of Michigan's Center for Translational Pathology has begun a pilot program, dubbed MiOncoSeq, to use next-generation sequencing on cancer patients to identify clinically actionable mutations that could guide treatment.

The team is using Illumina's HiSeq 2000 to do low-pass whole-genome sequencing, exome sequencing, and transcriptome sequencing, and has developed an analysis pipeline to find actionable mutations.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.