The number of schools offering a professional science master's degree is inching upwards, reports The New York Times. The degree, which requires a combination of science and management classes and often an internship, was offered at 108 schools this year, up from 58 in 2008. "It's interdisciplinary. It's a hybrid, which I think is more agile. It's responsive to rapidly changing needs in terms of the job market," says David King, a dean at the State University of New York in Oswego.

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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.