When David Martin left academia 20 years ago, he was worried that he would never be able to return after time in industry. So he made a deal: in three years, if he didn’t like the private sector, he would return to the groves of the University of California, San Francisco, where he’d been a professor of medicine and biochemistry. But until now, academia has never heard from Martin.

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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.