And ... Recruited

Randy Schekman will be the first editor of the new open-access journal being formed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, according to a news release from HHMI. Schekman is a cell biologist and the current editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to HHMI, he will begin working on the new journal in August, dedicating half of his time to that project while also helping PNAS find his successor.

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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.