This Week in PLOS

In PLOS One, Brazilian researchers describe DNA barcodes that are showing promise for verifying the identity of medicinal plants used in herbal remedies. The team used barcode sequences in three genes to test more than 250 leaf, flower, and root samples, purchased from a market in Brazil between 2012 and 2014.

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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.