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British researchers have identified the barcode gene for plants, the BBC reports. Co-author Vincent Savolainen, of Imperial College London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, found that matK, a small gene located in the chloroplast of the plant, has enough variation to identify between species but is nearly identical in plants of the same species.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.