GrrlScientist posts a video at Living the Scientific Life of an interview with blogger Michael Bérubé, who says that academics who blog are contributing to the decline of Western culture. Whether or not he's joking is questionable, but his reasons for leaving his perch in the academic blogosphere are detailed in his own final blog post last January.

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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.