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The University of Arkansas of Little Rock has received US Patent No. 7,659,062, "Gene expression profiling of uterine serous papillary carcinomas and ovarian serous papillary tumors." The patent claims oligonucleotide microarrays used to profile and compare gene expression patterns between uterine serous papillary carcinoma and ovarian serous papillary carcinoma or normal endometrial epithelial cells. According to the inventors, mRNA fingerprints identified using the arrays distinguish the more biologically aggressive and chemotherapy resistant USPC from OSPC or NEC.

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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.