A five-year deal between the US Food and Drug Administration and Life Technologies marks the latest sequencing-related move in the federal agency's ongoing efforts to characterize, detect, and track foodborne pathogens.

The agreement focuses on using genome sequence data as a source of information for finding markers that can be incorporated into rapid molecular tests to detect and distinguish between various strains and serotypes of Escherichia coli and Salmonella.

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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.