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After four years, an international group of scientists has come to an agreement on a standard DNA barcode for plants, reports Scientific American. In PNAS, the Consortium for the Barcode of Life Plant Working Group suggests using the matK and rbcL genes. With this barcode, 72 percent of plant species could be classified appropriately and the rest were assigned to closely related species.

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Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

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