Following years of speculation in the marketplace on when Invitrogen would reach beyond chemistry and service offerings and enter the instrument space, the firm this week launched the first two products in a planned series of low-cost, benchtop instruments.
 
Chairman and CEO Greg Lucier, speaking at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference in New York this week, also said that the firm’s portfolio review, which could lead to some divestitures, is on track to be completed by the end of the year.
 

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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.