NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen disclosed in its 2013 annual report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it acquired CLC Bio for $68.2 million, net of cash acquired. It added in the document that the deal was "not significant" to its overall consolidated financial statements. Qiagen announced the acquisition in October but had not disclosed the financial terms at that time.

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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.