On Appeal

Influenza researchers in the Netherlands are appealing a decision to require an export permit to publish research on the mammalian-transmissible H5N1 avian flu virus strains developed by Erasmus Medical Center researcher Ron Fouchier, reports the Nature News Blog.

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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.