NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cancer Genetics this week launched its joint venture with the Mayo Clinic. Called OncoSpire Genomics, the new company will develop and commercialize diagnostic tests that leverage next-generation sequencing. OncoSpire is 50-50 owned by Cancer Genetics, which went public in April, and Mayo.

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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.