NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A public-private collaborative project to sequence the genomes of 100,000 infectious microorganisms has been launched.

The University of California, Davis today announced the start of the project aimed at speeding the diagnosis of foodborne illnesses. Along with the university, Agilent Technologies and the US Food and Drug Administration are partners in the launch of the 100K Genome Project. Other collaborators include the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Agriculture.

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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.