By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Two Blades Foundation has granted Syngenta access to its genome engineering technology for commercial uses in certain crop plants under an agreement announced late on Tuesday.

The non-exclusive license provides Syngenta access to the Transcription Activator Like (TAL) effector Code, a technology for engineering proteins that bind to specific DNA sequences for precise modulation of genomes.

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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.