NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international consortium of researchers has developed a mass spectrometry-based reference method for standardizing measurements of cerebrospinal fluid amyloid beta 42 levels in Alzheimer's disease research and clinical work.

The method will allow researchers and clinicians to compare CSF Aβ42 measurements made with different assays in different labs, something that is currently not possible due to differences between these assays, said Henrik Zetterberg, a researcher at Sweden's Gothenburg Universityand one of the leaders of the effort.

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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.