NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Ottawa Hospital plans to open a new molecular oncology lab that will use next-generation sequencing and other diagnostic technologies in cancer patient care and in research projects.

The hospital said this week it has raised C$1.5 million (US$1.4 million) of a targeted C$3 million that it will use to build a facility for the new Molecular Oncology Diagnostics Laboratory, which is a partnership between the hospital's research institute, the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, and the University of Ottawa.

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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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