By Justin Petrone

Affymetrix last week introduced a new service that will allow its customers to profile formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples on its GeneChip microarray platform.

CEO Kevin King said that the new service, called OncoScan FFPE Express, is "being used by many cancer centers around the world in population studies for the most challenging samples." King spoke to investors about OncoScan FFPE at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference last week in New York.

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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.