BBC News reports that "hundreds of experts from 50 nations are set to agree on a 'DNA barcode' system that gives every plant on Earth a unique genetic fingerprint," according to this article. The barcode information will be available through a worldwide database, and the new system was slated to be made official during the third International Barcode of Life conference, held this week in Mexico City.

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