NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland has won a $20 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to create a center for sequencing pathogens such as those that cause infectious diseases or which may be used as bioweapons, the university said today.

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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.