Passing It On

Epigenetics may give a clue as to one way that the effects of abuse are passed on to children, The Economist says. University of Konstanz researchers Axel Meyer, Thomas Elbert, and their colleagues used bisulfite sequencing to examine the DNA methylation status of the offspring of mothers who were physically or psychologically abused during pregnancy.

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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.