By Julia Karow

This article, originally published April 28, has been updated to include comments from LifeCodexx CEO Michael Lutz.

LifeCodexx, a new player in the sequencing diagnostics market, is developing clinically validated diagnostic tests that use next-generation sequencing, the company said last week.

With a handful of employees, the firm, a subsidiary of German genomic service provider GATC Biotech, is initially focusing on prenatal diagnostics for the European market.

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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.