NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Minnesota State Legislature has approved $16 million in funding for a biomedical research partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Foundation.

The funding, which will go to the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, passed the State Senate on Wednesday as part of an education funding bill that has not yet been signed into law.

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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.