New York's Hospital for Special Surgery is planning five years of sequencing-based research, starting with functional genomics and then moving later to whole-genome sequencing at its new Genomics Center.

The hospital announced the creation of the new center, funded with $5.6 million from The Tow Foundation, last month to study rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, with the aim of developing more effective therapies.

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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.