If there’s anyone who knows how long it takes to change public perception of something, it’s Joe Donahue, de facto leader of Lion Bioscience. As chief business officer and North American president, Donahue has spent the last year and a half trying to hone the informatics company into a highly focused, well understood company. “The way the market is, the strategy of trying to be everything to everybody just wasn’t working,” he says.

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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.