By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Los Angeles-based firm Sidmap will collaborate with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in lung cancer metabolomics research using funding JHU was granted from the National Cancer Institute, the company said today.

The $340,000 grant will be used to test if a gain in function of a certain gene transcription factor called Nrf2 promotes tumorigenesis in the presence of a cancer-causing signal.

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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.