NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An albino Western lowland gorilla nicknamed Snowflake was likely the product of inbreeding between wild gorillas, according to a genome sequencing study in BMC Genomics.

The gorilla, born in the wilds of Equatorial Guinea, made his home at a zoo in Barcelona for nearly four decades. His white hair, pink skin, pale eyes, vision problems, sensitivity to light, and other features prompted a diagnosis of non-syndromic oculocutaneous albinism.

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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.