This Week in Nature

In Nature Biotechnology this week, a multi-national team of researchers publish the draft whole genome shotgun sequence of CDC Frontier, a kabuli chickpea variety containing an estimated 28,269 genes. Resequencing and analysis of 90 cultivated and wild genotypes from ten countries identified targets of both breeding-associated genetic sweeps and breeding-associated balancing selection. Candidate genes for disease resistance and agronomic traits were also highlighted.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.