The Wellcome Trust has awarded the Sanger Institute more than £7 million and appointed a new leader. Former HUGO President Leena Peltonen will, they hope, help the institute marshal in a new era of disease-focused genetic research, according to this news article. Peltonen will take the reins as head of human genetics next month.

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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.