NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A business-academic consortium continues to pursue public and private funds for a high-speed optical fiber network that would link the Translational Genomics Research Institute with several Arizona universities — a project delayed a year by the recession.

Obsidian Strategics has joined with the state's three university systems to develop the network, which would transmit data between TGen and other sites at far faster speeds than possible now using unused or "dark" fiber laid years earlier.

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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.