In September, Discover Magazine's Bad Astronomy blog reported that the ruling conservative party in Canada was forcing government scientists to get permission before publishing results to the public. But there's a difference between making sure results are correctly publicized and deciding whether they can be distributed to the public at all, Bad Astronomy noted at the time, likening the rule to government censorship of scientific results.

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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.