Neeta Tailor, an anaesthetist in Wales, discusses at Genomes Unzipped this week a patient who volunteered genetic information before going into surgery. Patient X, who asked Tailor to discuss her case, had a complication following a wisdom tooth extraction and needed surgery. Tailor, then, had to anesthetize the patient in a way that gave the surgeons space to work.

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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.