NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Eurofins said today that its Panlabs pharmacology services arm has signed an agreement with GE Healthcare giving it the exclusive right to offer GE's Cytiva cardiomyocytes for cardiotoxicity screening services.

Cardiomyocytes offer a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to animal models for predictive cardiotoxicity testing in drug discovery and development, Eurofins said.

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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.