Parents don't currently have many choices when it comes to testing their unborn children for genetic disorders, says Scientific American's Melinda Wenner Moyer. But now, thanks to an enterprising DTC genetic testing company, parents may soon have a plethora of such tests to choose from.

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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.