This week at the BIO 2005 Conference in Philadelphia, Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology, and Research announced that it has begun Phase II of its plan to expand the Biopolis, a massive life-sciences park designed to encourage scientific collaboration. The facilities include services and equipment for DNA sequencing, proteomics, flow cytometry, and microarrays, among others.

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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.