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Due to a budget cut of nearly 1 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year, the US National Institutes of Health plans to scale back grants for all of its institutes and centers. With the exception of the National Cancer Institute, non-competing research awards will be reduced to 1 percent below the award level for FY 2010, and inflationary adjustments for recurring costs in FY 2012 and beyond will be set at 2 percent. Modular and non-modular research NCI grants face a 3 percent reduction.

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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.