Committee Changes

Following the elections in the US, ScienceInsider notes that about a quarter of the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will change due to defeats at the polls or retirements. Currently, the committee is made up of 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats, though four (one Republican and three Democratic) spots are not filled.

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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.