Bioinformatics Zen's career survey is just about ready. There's been 681 responses, mainly from the US, but also from 51 other countries including France, India, and Saudi Arabia. Mike is working on standardizing the data, and he plans to release it under a creative commons share-alike license over at Open Wet Ware.

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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.