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Paul Allen will donate $100 million in seed funding to establish the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. Early research will include the Allen Brain Atlas, using genomics and neuroscience to create a cellular map of the brain. Mark Boguski, whose career has included time at NCBI and Rosetta Inpharmatics, will direct the institute.

 

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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.