Regulus Therapeutics said this week that that Australian Patent Office has recently granted certain claims in a company-controlled patent family covering the use of microRNA-122 in treating hepatitis C.

The intellectual property stems from the so-called Sarnow patent estate, which is owned by Stanford University and exclusively licensed to Regulus in the US, Europe, and Australia.

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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.