This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the UK and Denmark describe an apparent role for the lectin complement pathway gene COLEC10 in craniofacial development. The team used targeted and/or exome sequencing to search for suspicious mutations in 45 families affected by Carnevale, Mingarelli, Michels, and Malpuech syndromes — a set of rare, autosomal recessive, developmental conditions that are collectively called 3MC syndrome.

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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.