NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of General Medical Sciences expects to award $10 million next year to fund the creation of two to four centers that will pursue and support systems biology research programs.

The institute plans to provide up to $2 million per year, and more in some cases, to help investigators buy the equipment required to ramp up operations and create these National Centers of Systems Biology.

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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.