Since its inception in May 2008, the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health has received more than 4,000 physician inquiries and in excess of 1,250 patients' medical records. Investigators involved in this trans-NIH initiative — led by William Gahl, clinical director of the National Human Genome Research Institute — have tackled more than 200 cases of rare diseases to date.

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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.