In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute this week, a team of US researchers studies the effect of body mass index on the risk of lung cancer for never, current, and former smokers. The team prospectively examined the association between BMI and lung cancer risk in 448,732 men and women, and found that BMI was inversely associated with lung cancer incidence among both men and women.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.