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Francis Collins appeared before Congress yesterday to advocate for the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget for the National Institutes of Health, notes Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. The 2011 budget proposed by President Barack Obama includes $32 billion for NIH and Collins says that those funds would help researchers conduct biomedical research. "Science is not a 100-yard dash.

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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.