Lion to Lay off 50 in ‘Final Phase’ of Restructuring

Lion Bioscience said last week that it plans to lay off an additional 50 staff by the end of July, reducing its total headcount to 310.

The staff reduction wraps up a streamlining effort that the company began following its acquisition of NetGenics in January 2002, when its staff peaked at around 580 employees.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.