NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Boston University has proposed building a new research center that will house interdisciplinary life sciences research projects involving systems and synthetic biology and neuroscience.

Under the plan, the Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering will occupy a seven-story, 149,500 square-foot building.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.