At the annual meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology in Texas this week, the BC Cancer Agency's David Huntsman said that not only is next-generation sequencing changing the paradigm of cancer treatment, but that pathologists can and should use this technology to tease apart cancer's complexity and shed light on the various causes and avenues of treatment. Next-gen sequencing is the first truly disruptive technology for diagnostics since the introduction of the microscope in the 1850s, Huntsman said.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.