At Building Confidence, Russ Altman recapitulates his translational bioinformatics "Year in Review" talk in which he highlighted three papers. The first, from Homer et al., shows that if you have a person's genotype data, you can determine if they are part of a DNA mixture.

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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.