Oh, Poo

For patients with intestinal problems, there are a limited number of treatments. If the problem is related to a lack of beneficial bacteria or too much toxin-producing bacteria like Clostridium difficile in a patient's gut, researchers and doctors are trying something new — fecal transplants from healthy individuals to people with intestinal problems.

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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.