Reaching Out

Outreach projects are expected of researchers by many funding groups, but there are other reasons to get involved, writes Dave Hone, a University of Bristol researcher at the Lost Worlds blog, including as a way for researchers to publicize their work or to present real data to the public.

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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.