The popular notion that some folks have an affinity for language while others have mathematical minds – as if some unknown cerebral chasm keeps poets from comprehending calculus and theoretical physicists from writing a clear sentence – may have taken a hit this week.

A study published in Nature Communications found that around half of the genes that appear to influence a child's math capabilities also have a hand in reading.

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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.