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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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.