Come! SNP! Stay! Good boy! Do dogs Make the Best Model Org?

The wide intraspecies diversity found among most dogs make that species a good model organism, according to Elaine Ostrander and Francis Galibert, two collaborators in a global canine genomics project who attended last week’s 68th annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology.

“Other model organisms are important for understanding the function of genes,” explained Galibert, of the University of Rennes in France. “The dog is important for understanding the function of alleles.”

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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.