NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In early 2014, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced a new human genetics initiative, along with a collaboration with the Geisinger Health System to sequence more than 100,000 patients, that aims to define new disease targets and improve the drug development process.

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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.