By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Oct. 29, has been updated with additional information and comments.

A Norwegian consortium of researchers, in collaboration with Roche's 454 Life Sciences, has completed a high-quality annotated draft genome of the Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, using a shotgun sequencing strategy that relied exclusively on sequence data generated on 454's GS FLX Titanium 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.