In the British Medical Journal this week, general practitioner Des Spence writes that calls for a policy to require children to wear sun protection at all times is the wrong way to go about preventing melanoma. Since 1980, the incidence of melanoma in the UK has almost tripled, and, in response, the government has called for a policy to enforce the wearing of hats and sunscreen while outside and to encourage the "active avoidance of the sun," Spence writes.

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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.