Alex Palazzo is getting into the Nobel prediction game. Among those Palazzo thinks might be worthy: James Rothman and Randy Schekman for membrane trafficking; Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for telomeres; and Victor Ambros, Gary Ruvkun, and David Baulcombe for microRNAs. His list goes on and on, so it may indeed include the eventual winner.

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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.