Governor Spitzer is proposing a bill that would expand the state's DNA criminal database to include DNA taken from anyone found guilty of a misdemenaor. New York is one of only a few states to have such a database in place.

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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.