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Sequenom faces class action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders after the firm announced that it will delay the launch of a test for Down syndrome on discovering that employees had mishandled R&D test data and results. Sequenom CEO Harry Stylli said four employees had been suspended and that the company put a new team in place to oversee studies of its prenatal diagnostics.

John Rossi, co-founder of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, won the 2008 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' Editorial Board for work using microRNAs for gene silencing.

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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.