A short while ago, a scientific journal in China found that 31 percent of its submissions since October 2008 contained plagiarized material. Now, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe, the Chinese government has stepped in to drain the "swamp" that is journal publishing in China.

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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.