Deciding the time is right to cash in on the potential of proteomics, the Framingham Heart Study last week announced an agreement with BG Medicine aimed at discovering biomarkers, including protein biomarkers, associated with heart disease.

The collaboration marks the first time that the landmark study is incorporating proteomics on any scale into its research, and is the first cooperative research and development agreement, or CRADA, between FHS and a commercial partner in the study's 60-year history.

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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.