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The US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has released version 4.0 of Phytozome, a web portal for comparative plant genomics to advance biofuel, food, feed, and fiber research. The new release includes 14 plant genomes, among them eight that have been sequenced at the DOE JGI: black cottonwood tree, Sorghum bicolor, soybean, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Brachypodium distachyon, Arabidopsis lyrata, Physcomitrella patens, and Selaginella moellendorffii.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.