NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DiscoveryBioMed today said that it has inked a service contract with Lifeline Cell Technology to conduct primary human cell bioassay testing for the subsidiary of International Stem Cell Corp.

The contract partners DBM's expertise in assay development with Lifeline's expertise in producing optimized human adult and stem cell products, said Lifeline CEO Jeffrey Janus.

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

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

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

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