At Illumination, Kevin Folta says that when the sequencing wave hit his lab at the University of Florida, he and his colleagues hoped to use the school's newly acquired 454 machine to characterize the "tiny strawberry genome." Funding for the project, however, was in short supply.

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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.