Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Children’s Hospital Boston Informatics Program claim to have identified a group of genes linked to type 2 diabetes, and have shown that the expression of these genes change before diabetic sequelae develops.

The results may lead to molecular diagnostics that might help physicians determine which individuals are at a greater risk for the developing the disease, which affects around 15 million people in the United States.

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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.