In September, BIO announced that it named John Taylor as executive vice president of health, a position for which Taylor’s background in healthcare policy, drug development, and law seems well suited. “I’m excited about the fact that the biotech community is on the cusp of using new biomedical discoveries [for] personalized medication,” Taylor says.

His most recent post was divisional VP for federal government affairs at Abbott, and prior to that he was associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at FDA.

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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.