Stimulating Spam

Jonathan Eisen has been keeping an eye on a new kind of e-mail that has been appearing in his inbox -- "science stimulus spam." On his blog, he posts excerpts from three different companies that in their e-mails extol their respective virtues and say they are there to help

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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.