In a paper published online in advance in Genome Research this week, the European Bioinformatics Institute's Ewan Birney and his colleagues propose an approach for the efficient storage of re-sequencing data, based on compressing reference sequence information. "We align new sequences to a reference genome and then encode the differences between the new sequence and the reference genome for storage," Birney et al.

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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.