NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Despite the fact that US biotechnology venture investment is at its lowest point since 2002, the outlook for the life science research tools sector remains positive due to a marked increase in innovation at universities and research institutions, according to industry insiders.

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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.