William Haseltine will retire as chairman and CEO of Human Genome Sciences, the company said. He intends to step down once a new CEO has been appointed.


Donald Segal has been appointed president and CEO of Aurora, Canada-based Helix BioPharma. He has been executive vice president of Helix since 1995. Segal replaces Jerome McElroy as president. McElroy will remain chairman of the board.

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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.