According to a recent survey of genomic researchers, Illumina's MiSeq is the most usable desktop sequencer on the market now, though Life Technologies' Ion Torrent PGM is better in terms of run time and instrument price.

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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.