NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Signature Genomic Laboratories has received certification from the International Standards Organization for its clinical lab services and products, the company said today.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification specifically applies to the lab services and design and production of the Genoglyphix research-use-only products, including software, microarrays, and labeled DNA probes.

The Spokane, Wash.-based company performs diagnostic genetic testing of chromosome abnormalities in patients with unexplained mental retardation and birth defects.

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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.