Sandra Porter has a couple of posts at Discovering Biology in a Digital World about the concept of citizen science, which she says "is making it possible for people to participate and monitor the health of their communities." Having regular people feel more connected to science could have a lot of community benefit, she adds.

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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.