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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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.