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One Codex, a Y Combinator-backed company, wants to be the go-to spot for searching through genomic data, TechCrunch reports.

Nick Greenfield and Nik Krumm, the company founders, currently offer a beta version of their platform, which searches through the company's database of some 30,000 bacteria, viruses, and fungi. That database draws on RefSeq 65 Complete Genomes database and the National Center for Biotechnology Information repository.

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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.