NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Thermo Fisher Scientific today reported a 33 percent jump in revenues year over year for the second quarter, boosted by a sharp increase in its Life Sciences Solutions segment.

For the three months ended June 28, total revenues reached $4.32 billion, up from $3.24 billion during the first quarter of 2013 and topping the consensus Wall Street estimate of $4.25 billion.

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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.

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