By Doug Macron

Exiqon last week announced that it intends to shut down Oncotech, its Tustin, Calif.-based clinical laboratory improvement amendments-certified lab, after reimbursement problems stymied the company's efforts to sell the unit.

Despite the setback, the Danish company remains on track with its strategy of marketing its microRNA-based diagnostics in collaboration with partners, and expects to announce a deal before the end of the year, a company official said.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.