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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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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.