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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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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.