Two times in the past four months, members of National Geographic's Genographic Project have traveled to communities in Europe to collect specimens to be genotyped for ancestry informative markers using Illumina microarrays.

In May, the project collected samples from 100 volunteers in the province of Asturias in northern Spain, and in June it collected samples from another 100 volunteers, including Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, in County Mayo, Ireland.

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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.