With a good plan in place, leaving the lab for family leave can go fairly smoothly, says this article at The Scientist. One of the first steps is to investigate the policies that your institute, or potential new institute, has for leave, tenure, and child care.

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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.