And the Total Is?

Blogger Razib Khan is trying to determine how many human genomes have been sequenced. "A prominent genomicist asserted a ballpark figure of [about] 30,000 human genomes in the year 2011," Khan writes, adding that "it seems that some labs can get $4,000 dollar human genomes if they buy in bulk." He also says that the field is about an order of magnitude away from a retail price of $1,000 for a genome.

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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.