NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Baylor College of Medicine said on Thursday that it will partner with the Chinese prenatal testing company Berry Genomics to combine their capabilities to improve prenatal genetic testing methods.

The partners plan to harness BCM's gene-chip microarray technologies that assess chromosome structure and Berry Genomics' technologies, which are used to evaluate fetal DNA in maternal plasma.

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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.