After bouncing between a few different jobs and work environments, a blogger has found what suits him best, and it's not the "super-relaxed atmosphere" of a lab with no work criteria. In a post at Bitesize Bio, Dan Rhoads lays out what he would consider the basic ground rules for young researchers who work in his lab. "The most important thing by far, in my opinion, is clear and concise documentation of every experiment, even failed ones, with every piece of data saved and stored," he says.

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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.