As more and more labs adopt next-generation sequencing technology, they are finding that the new instruments are straining their current informatics infrastructures — a challenge the groups are trying to meet with a wide range of different solutions.
Platforms like Roche/454 Life Science’s GS FLX, Illumina’s Genome Analyzer, and Applied Biosystems’ SOLiD system all generate unprecedented quantities of sequence data, which poses IT challenges for small labs and large genome centers alike.

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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.