Transgenomic, surpassing the one-year mark on its ongoing corporate makeover, continues to move away from nucleotide consumables as it disclosed plans last week to "either sell or liquidate" the last remaining vestige of its nucleic acids business.

"This is something that for the past year we've been talking publicly quite a lot about: Focusing on our biosystems business is really what we think is our key area of opportunity going forward," Rob Pogulis, Transgenomic director of strategic planning, told Pharmacogenomics Reporter this week.

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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.