Stem Cell Sciences announced this week that two independent laboratories, one in the UK and one in the US, have successfully achieved germ-line transmission from rat embryonic stem cells using technologies licensed to SCS by Edinburgh University.
 
The scientific details of the work have been independently verified, and will be discussed in a paper to be published in a few months in a “major” peer-reviewed journal, an SCS official told CBA News this week.
 

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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.