NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MyoKardia, a San Francisco-based drug startup, has been launched with $38 million in Series A financing from Third Rock Ventures.

The firm is taking a genetically targeted approach to drug development, using a proprietary drug discovery platform that combines advances in cardiovascular genomics and heart muscle biology research. According to the firm, its approach will "leverage resident expertise in sarcomere genetics, in vivo and in vitro disease models, next-generation biochemical and biophysical assay development, and medicinal chemistry."

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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.