The Economist announced the winners of its Innovation Awards. In the bioscience category, they recognized Craig Venter, whose discoveries have "opened up the scientific research of the microbial world and how it affects humans," the article says. "Though the monetary value of his work cannot be estimated, many scientists predict that these discoveries may revolutionize personal medicine, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels in coming years."

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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.