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The total number of human embryonic stem cell lines eligible for study with US federal fund is now 40, with the addition of 27 lines on Monday. According to The Scientist, NIH director Francis Collins, did, however, limit the use of these lines to diabetes-related pancreatic research, which was the consent forms stated the cells would be used to study. These lines were part of 28 submitted for approval by Harvard University.

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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.