Lynx Therapeutics has named Mary Schramke as acting CEO, effective Dec. 15. She succeeds Kevin Corcoran, Lynx’s current president, CEO, and director, who is leaving to pursue “another business opportunity,” according to the firm. Lynx shareholders will soon vote on an agreement to be acquired by Solexa, whose current CEO, John West, will take over the role of CEO of the combined company after the merger is completed.

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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.