NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The government of Alberta and private funders have given C$25.2 million ($22.1 million) to two new research programs that will study genomics to discover new ways to use microbes in energy production and new uses for plants in medicine and in industry, Genome Alberta said today. Both programs will be led by researchers at the University of Calgary and will involve public and private partnerships.

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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.