In an editorial, Nature says that sharing information on genetic variants discovered through clinical sequencing will be the key to progress in the field.

"With so many sequencing projects under way, clinicians are always eager to know whether a variant has been observed in patients at other institutions," the editorial points out. "Yet there is currently no quick, reliable, or convenient way to spread this information."

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.