NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Human Genome Research Institute is planning to expand its Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) project to include the targeted sequencing of around 25,000 individuals in a CLIA-certified setting in order to study health outcomes of individuals with rare variants in medically important genes.

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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.