By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Chicago’s Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology will partner with the Field Museum to study the evolution of species-switching parasites and pathogens that cause diseases such as bird flu, malaria, and AIDS.

The partnership, called the Emerging Pathogens Project, will involve genomic analysis of pathogens and the host animals in which they reside, and it aims to generate knowledge that can be used to combat new epidemics.

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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.

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