CompanDX

The collaboration draws on ResearchDx's ability to design, produce, and validate tests, and CompanDx's Distiller platform to deliver small composite biomarker signatures from complex data of high dimensionality.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, the partners will advance diagnostic tests, from biomarker discovery to test validation, applying CompanDx's Risk Distiller bioinformatics tool and CRL's CLIA-certified laboratory services.

The partners said they will collaborate on the development of biomarker panels and companion diagnostics for pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic clients worldwide.

The 31-gene signature, used to predict the time to cancer metastasis after initial surgery and biopsy, has been validated by CompanDX researchers in four different datasets, according to the company.

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.