By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Dec. 9, has been updated with comments from Rita Colwell, a cholera expert.

In a demonstration that its real-time single-molecule sequencing technology can quickly generate genomic information on a pathogen from a disease outbreak, Pacific Biosciences, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, has characterized the bacterial strain from the recent Haitian cholera epidemic.

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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.