Esteemed Harvard researcher Marc Hauser is taking a year-long leave of absence after a Harvard board of inquiry found evidence of scientific misconduct in his lab, and after he retracted a 2002 study published in Cognition on whether monkeys learn rules, reports the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson.

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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.