This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Computational Biology this week, University of Leeds scientist Stefan Auer led work that studied how nanoparticles affect protein aggregation. Using molecular dynamics simulations of a system of hundreds of peptides over a millisecond timescale, his team showed that the aggregation is a two-phase process. The peptides first assemble on the nanoparticle and then "evolve into highly ordered beta-sheets as their size increases."

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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.