Times Higher Education released its compilation of the top universities by reputation for 2012. Topping the charts is Harvard University, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge in the UK. Rounding out the top five are Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley, in that order.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.