High Score!

Foldit may not have the nostalgia of Pac-Man, the zazz of World of Warcraft, or the iconic Mario Bros. characters, but its players do help researchers — and those gamers have achieved a new high score. Foldit players have created what researchers at the University of Washington are calling the first ever crowdsourced protein redesign, reports Nature News' Jessica Marshall.

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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.