In Genome Technology’s May 2006 cover story, we talked about biomarkers being “on the horizon.” Well, it looks like the sun has finally risen. At the time, experts spoke about the challenges behind discovery and, more importantly, verification. Today, Metabolon, one of the story’s featured companies, has emerged as a leader in the field of metabolomics, which uses the metabolome to find novel biomarkers in the early stages of drug development.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.