John Burn has been appointed as a non-executive director of NHS England, QuantuMDx said this week.

Burn serves as chief medical officer for the Newcastle, UK-based company, which is developing a series of chip-based tests. He also holds the NHS endowed chair in clinical genetics at Newcastle University.

Burn's position as non-executive director of NHS England will take effect from July 1 for a period of four years.

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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.