Following the close of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Series C round of financing last week, the RNAi therapeutics space has seen a dramatic increase in investor interest, with privately held companies in the field pulling in more than $100 million thus far in 2013.

Publicly traded RNAi drug firms have also been faring well, raising more than $230 million in the first part of the year through stock offerings, with the majority going to industry leader Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.

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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.