Michael Leavitt may soon step down as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, but the momentum in personalized healthcare he helped create when he took office two years ago will continue after he leaves, he said at a recent conference.
 
Speaking at a personalized healthcare conference hosted by the Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics Nov. 29, Leavitt said he does not expect to stay on as HHS secretary after President George W. Bush leaves office in January 2009.

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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.