Finish It Already

"Why don't we finish the human genome first?" asks Sandra Porter after she hearing that people are calling for the chimp and macaque genomes to be completed. She says she realizes that many parts weren't finished for a reason, though she adds that sequencing has come a long way since the human genome was "done."

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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.