The Center for Medical Technology Policy's Green Park Collaborative has embarked on a project to develop guidelines for generating evidence for the clinical utility of next-gen sequencing-based cancer diagnostics.

Over the next year or so, GPC, in collaboration with a broad array of stakeholders, plans to develop a so-called Effectiveness Guidance Document with recommendations for how to design studies to gather evidence of clinical utility. The goal is to help payors make coverage and reimbursement decisions for NGS-based diagnostic oncology tests.

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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.