As its contract with the National Cancer Institute nears completion, startup Mirimus is hoping to begin adding drug companies to the list of customers for its inducible-RNAi mouse models, Mirimus CEO Prem Premsrirut said this week.

At this point, the majority of Mirimus' clients are academics, which have been easier to approach given Mirimus' status as a spinout of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she told Gene Silencing News. “The commercial customers we're aiming for ... will take a little bit more time.”

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.