Thomas Jefferson University Hospital this week said it will offer Roche's Cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test.

The hospital claimed that it is the first academic medical center in the US to provide the test, which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in August for use in determining which melanoma patients may benefit from treatment with Roche/Plexxikon's drug Zelboraf.

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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.