Biofuel or Brioche?

A company searching for a way to create biofuels from algae has instead stumbled on an oil-like substance that can replace the oil and eggs in food, reports David Biello at Scientific American. "We were looking for biodiesel but found a product that's good for delivering fat," Ken Plasse, the vice president for business development at Solazyme, tells him.

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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.