By Justin Petrone

SQI Diagnostics said this week that it will design a food-testing panel for Silliker, a global network of laboratories that provides nutrition, food safety, and quality assurance.

Under the terms of the agreement, Toronto-based SQI will create an array-based assay to test for the presence of food-borne botulism, a harmful toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum found in environments with little oxygen, such as in canned food.

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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.