NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Texas A&M University plans to establish a new center to conduct genomics and computational biology research into human and animal health and agriculture.

The Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics Systems Engineering, for which the Board of Regents approved plans late last week, will be a joint program run by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

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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.