By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – New York State plans to invest $49.7 million in a wide range biotechnology-focused economic development projects with funding going to research institutes, incubators, and businesses throughout the state.

Funded through New York's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, the awards largely support biomedical research, but also will fund agricultural biotech and bioenergy projects, the New York Biotechnology Association said today.

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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.