By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Merrimack Pharmaceuticals this week said that it has raised $77 million in a Series G private financing.

The firm, which is developing cancer therapeutics and companion molecular diagnostics, said that it would use the funds to support its pipeline of cancer therapeutics.

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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.