The British Columbia Cancer Agency's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre has joined the Illumina Genome Network as a provider of human whole-genome sequencing services, Illumina said this week.

Through the IGN, the company offers human genome sequencing services to researchers, as of this summer priced at $5,000 per genome for projects of at least 10 samples, and $4,000 per genome for projects of at least 50 samples.

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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.