Making Algae Work

Establishing algae farms near industrial facilities might be a way to make algal biofuels economically viable, writes Mark Fischetti at Scientific American. He says that waste from other industrial processes, which could include CO2, nitrogen, or phosphorus, can be routed into the algae facilities, knocking down both an input cost barrier and solving a waste issue.

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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.