In the September/October issue of Technology Review, Duke's Misha Angrist says that the authorities in California and New York were "wrongheaded and arrogant" to insist that the services offered by personal genomics companies need to have a physician gatekeeper. True, the tests haven't been validated, and Angrist says that will take years.

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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.