By Adam Bonislawski

Belgian protein biomarker firm Pronota announced recently that it has successfully completed a proof of concept study for a diagnostic platform employing next-generation sequencing in the identification and quantification of proteins.

The study combined the use of aptamers — short, selectively binding oligonucleotide sequences — with NGS technology, binding the aptamers to target proteins and then sequencing the protein-bound aptamers to quantify the proteins.

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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.