Scientific American has posted a Nature video in which Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, a systems biology skeptic, discusses the merits of the field with a systems biologist and an undergraduate student as part of this year's Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. Hunt tells IRB Barecelona's Roland Pache and MIT's Sophia Hsing-Jung Li that he regards himself as a systems biologist, in that he's studied biological systems like mitosis.

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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.