Sequenom is holding on for its very life.

The company said this week in documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that its cash holdings stood at $3 million as of March 31 — savings that it's likely to run out in June if it fails to raise more cash. The company has few other options.

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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.