Applera Corporation of Norwalk, Conn., has received US Patent No. 6,900,040, "Isolated human dehydrogenaseproteins, nucleic acid molecules encoding these human dehydrogenase proteins, and uses thereof." The patented described a DNA microarray that can be used to develop gene expression profiles based on the amino acid sequences of human dehydrogenase polypeptides and proteins. These peptides and proteins are related to the retinol dehydrogenase subfamily, as well as allelic variants and other mammalian orthologs.

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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.