Pharma's Problems

In an analysis column in the British Medical Journal, York University's Joel Lexchin and Donald Light from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey say that the "widely touted 'innovation crisis' in pharmaceuticals is a myth," and that the real problem in pharma is that current incentives reward companies for making drugs that are only marginally better than existing products.

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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.