Rocking for Cancer

National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins took the stage to play the guitar at the "Stand Up to Cancer" fundraiser, reports the Los Angeles Times. Collins was "jamming onstage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Neville and the Wilson sisters of Heart," the article says. In the crowd, the article continues, were scientists funded by the group and they were taking pictures of Collins performing.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

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Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

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