The European Patent Office last month rejected a Benitec patent application covering its core RNAi technology, RNAi News has learned, delivering the latest blow to the Australian company's intellectual property estate since it initiated a campaign of patent infringement litigation early last year.

The rejection also marks the latest development in ongoing legal maneuverings between Benitec and RNAi rival Nucleonics.

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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.