NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - President Bush's proposed 2006 NIH budget increase of .7 percent may spur investment in genomics consumables shops such as Cepheid, Illumina, Invitrogen, and Serologicals, but tool makers such as Applied Biosystems are expected to have "ongoing difficulties," according to a Pacific Growth Equities analyst report released today.

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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.