Last week Accelrys announced plans to purchase workflow software provider SciTegic for $21.5 million in cash and stock — a move that raised questions across the informatics community about the company’s intentions for SciTegic’s flagship Pipeline Pilot product once the acquisition closes.

But Accelrys CEO Mark Emkjer told BioInform that the openness of SciTegic’s platform is “sacrosanct.”

“We will not close it, we’re going to keep it open,” Emkjer said. “That’s my absolute commitment.”

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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.