This story was first posted on Jan. 13.

By Justin Petrone

Affymetrix last week reported $85 million in preliminary revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 — a 6 percent increase over $78.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The firm noted the Q4 2010 revenue includes a $4.8 million milestone payment from an undisclosed diagnostic partner. It attributed the revenue growth to demand for its next-generation genotyping platform.

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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.