NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The British Heart Foundation said today it is funding more than £1 million ($1.7 million) to a genetic testing program for familial hypercholesterolaemia, a condition that can shorten a patient's life by 20 to 30 years if left untreated.

The program being funded by BHF will pay for nurses to screen patients and their family members for the condition. It also will go toward extending such screening services to eight NHS Trusts across England and Scotland, BHF said.

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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.