NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific said today that it plans to close its manufacturing plant in Dubuque, Iowa, by September 2010 and will cut the 350 jobs at the facility over coming year.

The plant closing comes just days after the company announced it plans to shut down a plant in Hudson, NH, a move that will cost the town 130 jobs.

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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.