A Raise in Name Only

According to the American Association of University Professors' 2009-10 Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, "the average salary for a full-time faculty member was only 1.2 percent higher in 2009-10 than in the previous academic year, the lowest year-to-year change recorded in the 50 years of this comprehensive annual survey." The report also says that "about 13 percent of institutions reported a decrease in rates of more than half a percentage point from 2008-09 levels." John Curtis, the AAUP's

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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.