NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald today initiated coverage of Cancer Genetics with a Buy rating and a $21 price target on its shares.

In a research note, analyst Sung Ji Nam said that challenges await companies developing and commercializing genomic tests, but Rutherford, NJ-based Cancer Genetics has strengths in leveraging clinical development collaborations with leading healthcare partners. Additionally, Nam said, the company has one of the most comprehensive sets of diagnostic services targeting cancer types.

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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.