NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The House of Representatives today passed the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which contains $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health, and provides $19 billion to fund health information technology adoption by doctors and hospitals.

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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.