This article has been updated to clarify Exosome's partnerships.

Exosome Diagnostics is exploring next-generation sequencing as a potential platform for diagnostic tests for cancer and other diseases in biofluids.

The company was founded in 2008 around exosome technology it exclusively licensed from Massachusetts General Hospital. While Exosome currently focuses on developing qPCR-based diagnostics for prostate and brain cancer, it has also been investigating next-gen sequencing and recently brought in the Illumina MiSeq platform.

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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.