Applying structural biology to drug discovery, for the most part, has meant NMR spectrometry or high-throughput X-ray crystallography (consider the buzz surrounding companies like Structural Genomix or Astex Technology for their work over the last several years elucidating the structures of promising drug targets). But now electron tomography, a relative upstart, is making a run at challenging the dominance of NMR and X-ray crystallography in big pharma research.

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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.