NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said this week that it released an improved Xpert BCR-ABL Monitor test as a CE IVD product in the European Union. The firm said that the new test, which is used to monitor patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia, detects BCR-ABL chromosomal translocation in about 2 hours as compared to 2.5 hours for the original product release.

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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.