During a plenary session on Monday morning, Stanford University’s Carlos Bustamante discussed the need to include more diverse populations in GWAS and sequencing projects. He noted that 96 percent of researcher participants thus far have been of European descent. His lab has been working on a number of projects to study local ancestry and sequence admixed populations. Next, Robert Williams from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center discussed ‘genetical genomics,’ and highlighted tools to use for such, including the GeneNetwork system.

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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.