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European Union leaders who were to determine the region's budget at a summit last week haven't been able to do so, reports ScienceInsider. "That may only delay bad news, however. The latest proposals for the innovation budget, which includes research and education funding, cut as much as 15 [percent] from the €164 billion proposed last year by the European Commission," ScienceInsider says.

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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.