This Week in Science

In Science this week, researchers at the Rockefeller University report on the role of Rap1, a conserved subunit of shelterin, which is an essential telomeric protein complex that prevents damage to DNA. In removing Rap1 from mouse telomeres via gene deletions or by replacing TRF2 with a mutant that doesn't bind Rap1, the team found that it is critical for the repression of homology-directed repair, which can alter telomere length.

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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.