EMA Approves Roche/Genentech's Perjeta

Roche has garnered approval from the European Medicines Agency for its HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer drug Perjeta.

The agency has approved Perjeta in combination with Herceptin and docetaxel for patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer or locally recurrent, unresectable disease who haven't received anti-HER2 treatments or chemotherapy for their advanced stage cancer.

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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.

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