Keeping Up Databases

An editorial appearing in Nature last month discusses the major problem facing biological databases and repositories: funding. After providing 10 years of support, the US National Science Foundation is discontinuing its funding of the Arabidopsis Information Resource and Japan has cut the RIKEN BioResource Centre's funds by a third.

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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.