The Institute for Systems Biology is “talking about testing” one of Helicos BioSciences’ gene-sequencing prototypes.

“We are ... doing some collaboration with ... Helicos, which is taking us further into downstream approaches to the analysis of single DNA molecules,” said ISB President Lee Hood at the 12th European Congress on Biotechnology, held at the University of Copenhagen this August.

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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.