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Frank Pitzer has been named CEO of Roche NimbleGen, Roche said last week. He replaces Gerd Maass, who led Roche NimbleGen for two years.

Pitzer most recently served as head of divisional quality and regulatory affairs at Roche Diagnostics. He holds a PhD in biology from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.

Michelle Lyles has been named vice president of sales at Hamilton Thorne, the company said last week.

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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.