In the seven years since Science magazine declared RNAi its breakthrough of the year, the gene-silencing technology has grown into one of the highest profile areas of biotechnology.
 
At the same time, the commercial corner of the science has experienced its share of growing pains and has seen a number of players disappear, mostly through mergers and acquisitions.
 

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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.