NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Of the 33 firms that are included in the GenomeWeb Daily News Index of life science tools and molecular diagnostics makers, eight of those had stock price gains exceeding 100 percent for full-year 2009.

As was the case with tech stocks in general in the market, many of the firms in the Index had double-digit returns, with only six firms having a drop in their stock price compared to the close of 2008.

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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.