"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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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.