The fate of whether the results of government-funded research should be freely available to the public is part of what's on the table as members of the US Congress meet to finalize the health and human services appropriations bill, reports the Washington Post. Proponents of the bill say that the public shouldn't have to pay for the research twice — first through taxes and then to the publisher.

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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.