The Human Microbiome Project Consortium has borne fruit — 14 new studies have been published in Nature, Genome Biology, and in a number of PLoS journals by large multidisciplinary groups of researchers across the US mapping the microbiomes of healthy human beings, says the Broad Institute in a press release. The studies aim to describe what kinds of microbes are found in healthy people and what their purposes are.

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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.