NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bio-Rad Laboratories reported after the close of the market Tuesday that its second quarter revenues increased 3 percent year over year, due in part to its January acquisition of AbD Serotec.

The Hercules, Calif.-based firm brought in total revenues of $525.3 million for the three months ended June 30, compared to $$510.4 million for the second quarter of 2012. It fell short of the consensus Wall Street estimate of $532.6 million.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.