Nathan Myhrvold, the energetic, admittedly eccentric former CTO of Microsoft, has already conquered industries outside his IT realm. An accomplished Seattle chef and amateur paleontologist, now he’s dipping his toe into the gene pool. Myhrvold recently cofounded Intellectual Ventures in Redmond, Wash., to help early-stage companies, including genome technology startups, with strategy or financing.

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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.