All Those Funds

More than $625 million of NIH stimulus money is heading into 'omics coffers, reported our sister publication, GenomeWeb Daily News, earlier this month. That number represents 970 stimulus grants or about 14 percent of total NIH stimulus grant funding given out by the end of the 2009 fiscal year. And so, our other sister publications dug a bit more into the grants databases to see how that money is being spread around to the different technology areas. We sum their findings up here:

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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.