NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The bill to fund the National Institutes of Health next year that the Senate Appropriations Committee passed last week would keep funding for the National Human Genome Research Institute flat compared with this fiscal year, at $512.9 million in 2013 compared with $512.7 million in 2012, and would provide marginal adjustments up or down across the NIH institutes.

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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.