A new web-based system from Spain’s Centro Nacional de Biotecnología promises to improve PubMed searching, but not through the application of the latest and greatest text-mining algorithm. Rather, the system, called iHOP (Information Hyperlinked over Proteins), accounts for the inadequacies of current information retrieval technology by putting the researcher — not the computer — at the heart of the search process.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.