The Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine has launched two next-gen sequencing-based gene panels for cancer patients and is studying their utility compared to single-gene tests as well as exome and genome sequencing.

The center, founded last year, is a collaboration between the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where it is currently housed, and UPenn's Abramson Cancer Center. Early this summer, the CPD will move into a larger space that will enable it to expand.

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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.