NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Danaher reported before the opening of the market on Thursday that its first quarter sales rose 7 percent year over year.

For the three months ended March 31, the firm reported revenues of $4.21 billion, up from $3.92 billion in Q1 2016, and beating the average Wall Street estimate for sales of $4.17 billion.

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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.