NEW YORK, Dec 1 – Harvard University received a $25 million endowment this week for the building of a new 50,000-square-foot hi-tech home for its year-old Center for Genomic Research.

Charles Bauer, a 1942 Harvard grad and co-founder of AIM Management Group earlier this week announced the gift, which is one of the largest in Harvard’s history, according to Jeremy Knowles, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences.

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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.