Planning a Startup?

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What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learned in your career? You don’t have to answer that — it’s a trick question. If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely an academic scientist who’s wondering what it would be like to start your own company. You’ve slaved over your scientific degrees, proven yourself in the lab, and hit upon a clever technology or concept that you might be able to parlay into the commercial world. But if you’re like most academic scientists, chances are good that you’ve never had any formal business training.

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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.