Nancy Kelley is leaving her founding executive director post of the New York Genome Center, Bio-IT World reports. According to a press release, Kelley "was a key driving force behind the creation and growth of NYGC," the aim of which is to strengthen genomics research in the New York City area.

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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.