NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An independent clinical advisory panel has recommended against genetic counseling and testing focused for BRCA status for "the vast majority" of American women, and advised that only women who with strong family histories of cancer should talk to their doctors about their risk and possibly getting genetically tested.

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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.