NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Becton Dickinson and Breakout Labs today announced a strategic relationship in which BD will provide funding and guidance to selected start-ups in Breakout's portfolio. 

Breakout, a philanthropic fund for early-stage science and technology firms, is a program of the Thiel Foundation. 

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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.