Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have devised a method they say enables the large-scale detection of low-affinity extracellular protein interactions, about which little is currently known.
The method, which they call AVEXIS for avidity-based extracellular interaction screen, is a high-throughput assay that its creators say overcomes the technical difficulties that have to date made it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to detect extracellular protein-protein interactions.

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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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