Representative John Conyers (D-MI) responds to Michael Eisen and Lawrence Lessig's call for Conyers to defend why he is supporting the Fair Copyright in Research Act that would prohibit agencies from insisting that researchers make their data open access in return for federal funding.
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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.