At Life as a Healthcare CIO, PGP member John Halamka discusses the standards involved in reporting data on family history and genome sequence in a medical setting. He summarizes the work that's gone on at the PGP so far to get solid standards in place and says that discussions within the group focused heavily on privacy, "since keeping this information confidential per the wishes of the patient is paramount," he writes.

 

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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.