Species Explosions

As deforestation ravages the unique island nation of Madagascar, lemurs have been having a particularly tough time staying alive. And when you couple their endangered state with their fluffiness, wide eyes, and perky tails, they are perfect poster children for endangered species in general. It would just be too awful if the world lost those cuddly little critters.

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

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

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.