Janet Davison Rowley, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics, and Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago; Brian Druker of the Oregon Health and Science University; and Nicholas Lydon, formerly with Novartis, are the recipients of the 2012 Japan Prize for Healthcare and Medical Technology. They were awarded the prize for their roles in the development of the targeted anti-cancer drug Gleevec.

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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.