By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse said in a notice on Friday that in response to funding constraints at the National Institutes of Health it plans to prioritize funding for studies of genes that may be involved in addiction.

NIDA's interest in genetics and genomics research focuses on the multiple genes and variants that, along with environmental and developmental factors, may play a role in addiction.

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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.