This story was originally published Nov. 4.

Pacific Biosciences said this week that Hong Kong-based Gene Company will distribute, market, and sell its RS instrument and related products in China and Hong Kong.

The company also said that it has shipped an RS to the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, associated with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Peking Union Medical College.

PacBio said the placement marks the company's first shipment to Asia.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.