NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Just months after disclosing that it is reestablishing its American footprint with a laboratory in Northern California, Australia's Benitec Biopharma announced that it has formally arranged for its stock to be traded in the US on the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

Meanwhile, Benitec has now become a clinical-stage drug developer, initiating patient dosing of its expressed RNAi treatment for hepatitis C TT-034 — the firm's first drug to enter human testing since it was founded roughly 17 years ago.

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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.