Within every industry, there's an Apple or a GE, says Luke Timmerman at Xconomy"anchors" or "models of success" that other companies in that industry look up to. In biotech, that role has been filled by companies like Genentech and Genzyme, Timmerman adds, but because of buyouts and mergers in almost every regional cluster, the industry is losing its anchors.

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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.