Researchers at Illumina have developed a dilution-based haplotyping method that it is suitable for both targeted and whole-genome sequencing experiments.

The method, published online in PNAS last week, allows users to obtain SNP phasing information for DNA stretches of up to several hundred kilobases in length. According to the authors, it can be used by any researchers with access to a next-gen sequencer, not only Illumina's platform.

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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.