While Mirus, of Madison, Wis., touts itself on its website as a non-viral gene transfer company, selling tools for nucleic acid (including siRNA) transfection and labeling, the privately held company is also quietly trying to get into the business of making RNAi-based therapeutics.

But unlike most of the other RNAi-as-drugs firms, which develop siRNAs against specific targets and then try to figure out how to administer them, Mirus aims at perfecting its delivery methods first and going from there.

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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.