A polymorphism in a non-coding stretch of chromosome 9p21 has been linked to an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease, say researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This region regulates a pair of cell cycle-inhibitor genes, and the vascular cells of people with the variant divide and multiply more quickly than usual, leading to narrowed coronary arteries.

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

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

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.