Free At Last

The five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor accused, convicted, and sentenced to death for deliberately infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV, despite genetic evidence to the contrary, are finally free. The medical workers were released from Libya through an extradition process after negotiations and reparation payment. Upon their arrival in Sofia, the Bulgarian president pardoned the workers.

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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.

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