Aldous Huxley would be proud. Britain's bookstores have finally been graced with Ronald Green's book, Babies by Design, published last November in the US. In it, Green speaks to "directed human evolution," where parents are able to make use of the current state of genetic research to sculpt whatever kind of perfection -- or imperfection -- they want into the DNA of an unborn fetus.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

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.