NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said in a regulatory filing today that the US Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made rulings favorable to the company in an ongoing dispute with Verinata Health regarding noninvasive prenatal testing technologies.

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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.