NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Response Genetics announced today contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.

The Los Angeles-based molecular diagnostic company is now in-network with eight Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. Today's announcement follows agreements inked between Response Genetics and four payors last month.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.