NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A new design for an oligonucleotide probe shows the potential to be able to combine PCR amplification and microarray hybridization into a single step for molecular diagnostics. The technology, called Structured Cleavage Induced Single-Stranded Oligonucleotide Hybridization Reaction (SCISSOHR) probes, could pave the way towards the manufacture of universal microarrays. 

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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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