Opko Health is facing a cash shortfall and won’t be able to fund its operations for next year, including the continued development of its phase III siRNA drug for wet age-related macular degeneration, without obtaining additional financing within the first half of 2009, according to a company filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
 

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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.