Open-Access Costs

Congress should direct the National Academy of Sciences to examine the challenges open-access publishing raises in the US and suggest ways to address those issues, writes Michael Lubell, the director of public affairs of the American Physical Society and City University of New York professor, in a blog post at The Hill.

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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.