This Week in PLoS

In a PLoS Genetics paper published this week, researchers at Australia's University of Queensland, along with their international collaborators, show that variants associated with ankylosing spondylitis — at 1q32 and STAT3 — suggest a genetic overlap between the inflammatory arthritic condition and Crohn's disease. The team interrogated 53 markers from 30 Crohn's-associated genomic regions in a population of 2,773 unrelated individuals affected by ankylosing spondylitis and 2,215 controls.

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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.