Over at Venture Beat, David Hamilton asks whether Microsoft's medical records system really protects the privacy of the patients whose records it holds. HealthVault began with a lot of attention to how serious it was about security issues, Hamilton writes, but the service (and other privately managed systems) isn't covered by HIPAA rules. Seems like only time will tell.

 

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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.