Illumina and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics said today that they will co-develop molecular diagnostic tests on Illumina's MiSeq sequencer.

The companies plan to initially convert Siemens' Trugene HIV genotyping assay, which is currently run on Siemens' Sanger-based OpenGene sequencing system, to the MiSeq.

Eventually, the companies will adapt all of Siemens' HIV tests for the MiSeq, as well as other infectious disease assays.

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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.