Baylor Busts a Move


"We like to keep the bottleneck at the DNA instrumentation level," says Mike Metzker, head of sequencing production at Baylor College of Medicine's Human Genome Sequencing Center in Houston, Texas. After all, the center owns some $25 million worth of ABI 3700 sequencing instruments, so "as long as the bottleneck is sequencing, then we're doing our job, because that's the most expensive step," Metzker explains.

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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.