"To identify birds hit by planes, expose seafood fraud, [and] protect endangered species" — these are but a few ways scientists are now using DNA barcoding, Washingtonian magazine reports. "As the cost of sequencing continues to plummet, barcoding has become indispensable even in fields that seem remote from molecular biology," reporter Sam Kean writes.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Alnylam's RNAi-based therapy Onpattro, according to Stat News.

Harvard Medical School's Seth Cassel and Cigall Kadoch argue in a Baltimore Sun op-ed that the recent TAILORx trial shows the potential of genomic-based medicine.

Researchers in the UK are working on using gene drives to control malaria-carrying mosquitoes, the Telegraph reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic architecture mediating gene expression, metabolomic patterns in multiple myeloma, and more.