NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Beckman Coulter today said that it would pay for the $800 million acquisition of Olympus' diagnostics business through a combination of around $300 million in Beckman Coulter stock and $500 million in newly issued debt.

The firm finished the year with roughly $120 million in cash and cash equivalents and around $900 million in long-term debt. However, Beckman said today that it does not anticipate a change in its current investment grade ratings.

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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.

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