In an effort to wean the city off its dependence on Wall Street, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is bringing the biotechnology industry to Brooklyn. The first tenant in the old Brooklyn Army Terminal, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, is to open its laboratory today.

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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.