Following up on yesterday's exchange about Cold Spring Harbor changing its meeting policy to make all attendees sign off on privacy guidelines, bloggers are discussing the philosophy behind it: should scientists be able to present data in a talk and expect it to remain private?

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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.