NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – WaferGen Biosystems today announced a partnership with Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network to develop next-generation sequencing-based clinical tests.

According to MPLN VP of Genomic Solutions Jamie Platt, the first product to be commercialized from the deal will be a solid tumor panel to complement the lab's Pathology Partners Program and support MPLN's expanding molecular oncology services menu.

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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.