"My Twitter feed just exploded," Matthew Herper says. "No one is talking about much else right now," the Broad Institute's Chad Nusbaum tells Forbes. "This is the megaton sequencing announcement we've been waiting for," Nick Loman writes at Pathogens: Genes and Genomes.

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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.