Patent Pending

On Tuesday, the US Senate voted to approve a bill that would change the US patent system into one that more closely resembles the standard used by the rest of the world, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Goldie Blumenstyk. "If enacted, the changes could pressure researchers to publish new findings more quickly than they would otherwise, in order to preserve their intellectual-property rights," she adds.

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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.