Have your elevator talk ready and don't be afraid to jump into a conversation, writes Caroline Beans at the Naturejobs blog. Networking at a conference can be intimidating, especially as a new researcher, but Beans says to be prepared and not to worry about feeling awkward.

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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.