NEW YORK, Sept. 19 – Orchid Biosciences has received approval from the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics to conduct human leukocyte antigen (HLA) testing using Luminex’ LabMap platform, Orchid said on Wednesday.

The company is the first to be certified to perform the testing with the LabMap platform, a bead-based system for DNA analysis.

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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.