This Week in Science

In a Science paper published online in advance, Daniel Gibson and colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute report their assembly of the synthetic 1.08Mbp Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 genome and its transplantation into Mycoplasma capricolum recipient cells — which are, in turn, driven by the synthetic DNA sequence and capable of continuous self-replication.

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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.