Fluidigm of South San Francisco, Calif., has received European Patent No. 1882189, “Analysis engine and database for manipulating parameters for fluidic systems on a chip.” The patent claims a system for managing workflow related to processing of one or more microfluidic devices. The system includes a processor device, a first database coupled to the processor device, and one or more process designs provided within a portion of the first database. The system further includes an image acquisition device coupled to the processor device.

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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.