NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –Synthetic Genomics has struck a biofuel research and development agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company that could bring in up to $300 million for the genomics firm, the companies said today.

The agreement to develop biofuel from photosynthetic algae that would be compatible with gasoline and diesel fuels could bring in $300 million to SGI if certain milestones are met. Exxon plans to spend up to another $300 million internally to support the program.

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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.