Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship notes that the new short NIH application format is out. Applications turned in on January 25, 2010, or later, will have a new format and a shorter page limit and a. Writedit lists the major changes in her post, and those include a one-page introduction, a six or 12-page research strategy section, a biosketch limited to 15 publications, among others.

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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.