Life Technologies said this week that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its SeCore HLA typing assay and its 3500 Dx Genetic Analyzer, a Sanger sequencing instrument, for diagnostic use. The 510(k) clearance is a first for a sequencing system and sequencing-based assay, and the company's president of medical sciences, Ronnie Andrews, said that it "validates Life's move into diagnostics" as the company aims to bring additional products, such as its QuantStudio Dx real-time PCR system and Ion Torrent PGM, through 510(k) clearance.

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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.