Technology Review profiles next-gen sequencing company Pacific Biosciences, which has raised $178 million to develop its zero mode waveguide technology. According to the article, the company's got 12 prototype instruments churning out data. And with read lengths targeting thousands of bases, PacBio has its eye on the medical market, where "we'll be able to detect rare mutations with unprecedented accuracy," says CTO Steve Turner.

 

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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.