Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who heads the US House of Representatives science committee, defends his draft legislation aimed at changing the peer-review process at the National Science Foundation, the Huffington Post reports.

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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.