NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health plans to fund research efforts to develop assays for high-throughput screening of specific biological targets and disease mechanisms, and to stimulate new collaborations with screening centers that have the tools to implement HTS assays for the discovery and development of small molecule chemical probes.

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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.