NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The European Research Council has awarded researchers at Politecnico di Milano €2.5 million ($2.8 million) to carry out a new project that could upend standard genomic computing approaches.

Called "Data-Driven Genomic Computing," or GeCo, the effort will commence Sept. 1 and run through Aug. 2021. Investigators hope to develop tools that could enable integrated access to large repositories of sequence data and the building of an "Internet of genomic computing services" that provides Google-like processing.

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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.