As RNAi’s popularity as a research tool continues to grow, scientists still face problems with delivering siRNAs to primary cells, especially primary neurons. But research coming out of the University of Gottingen in Germany, and published recently in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, indicates that a solution might exist in the circumvention of the endosomal pathway.

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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.