By Doug Macron

The US government has awarded a group of RNAi and microRNA drug firms more than $7 million in tax-free grants to support their therapeutic development efforts.

The money is being issued through the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program, which was created earlier this year through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and being funded by the Internal Revenue Service.

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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.