If you are looking for some summer reading, head over to Female Science Professor's blog and Chad Orzel's Uncertainty Principle. FSP is asking if her readers like academic novels — her favorite is Richard Russo's Straight Man. "There is something very satisfying, however, about reading a really good parody of a faculty meeting or faculty-administrator interactions, even in the summer," she writes.

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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.