On March 16, the US Food and Drug Administration rolled out its Critical Path Opportunities List — 76 projects that it expects to help set priorities for the Critical Path Initiative, which it kicked off in 2004 to help speed the drug-development process [BioInform 03-24-06].

The list includes eight projects under the topic of "Harnessing Bioinformatics," which could be a key driver for bioinformatics efforts that are aligned with those recommended projects.

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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.