Blogger DrdrA at Blue Lab Coats writes about being on the "other side of the grant," as a reviewer, and drafts a list of "Reviewer Blues." On the list? Eleven-point Arial font, 25 sub-aims listed beneath three overall aims ("sometimes less is more," she writes), and pages packed with text and no breathing room.

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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.