NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University is in the process of securing $5 million to $10 million to provide funds for the first startup companies expected to move later this winter into its new Biodesign Impact Accelerator.

"We expect the first three to five startups will enter the Impact Accelerator by February of 2010," Joe Caspermeyer, a spokesman for the Biodesign Institute, told GenomeWeb Daily News on Monday.

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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.