NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Oxford Gene Technology said today that it has been working with Emory Genetics Laboratory to develop a menu of comparative genomic hybridization arrays focused on a variety of genetic disorders.

Together, the Oxford, UK-based company and EGL have designed more than 20 such chips, which enable the detection of copy number variants in genes associated with cardiovascular, inherited eye, intellectual disability, and neuromuscular disorders, as well as a range of inherited cancers.

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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.