Until now, the DNA repair process — which proteins are involved and how they make it run — has been something of a black box: we know what goes in, but what happens on the inside is one big question mark.

In May, several geneticists at HHMI and Harvard opened up that box by presenting research in Science revealing a vast network of many hundreds of human and mouse proteins that are phosphorylated and called into action in response to DNA damage.

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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.