Derek Lowe has a good post about the future of Pfizer now that its merger with Wyeth is complete, basing some of his thoughts on a post from the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog, which interviewed two R&D honchos at the pharma.

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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.