British biotechnology firm QuantuMDx last week announced an agreement with the Genome Institute of Singapore that will see the partners develop a genetic test specific to Asian populations on QuantuMDx's nanowire array-based platform.

The collaboration is an "important step" toward QuantuMDx's aim to "develop validated genetic tests for different populations worldwide," Maggie Love, business development executive at QuantuMDx, told BioArray News this week.

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In Science this week: approach to visualize chromatin structure in nuclei, and more.

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.