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Expanding the Barcodes

If DNA barcoding works for fish, it might also work for flowers, says this article in Scientific American. Katherine Harmon writes that the technique is a bit behind in plants than animals as plants as their mitochondria don’t differ as much as ones between animals do and because plants hybridize more readily. But, she says, researchers are focusing on two genes, rbcL and matK, to develop standard barcodes for plants, though it is currently about 70 percent accurate.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.