Washington University said last week that it has extended a longstanding research collaboration with Pfizer that will focus broadly on immuno-inflammatory disorders.
 
The resulting five-year, $25 million pact will pair scientists from Washington University and Pfizer at the earliest stage of research conceptualization, potentially resulting in applied drug research that may be more quickly translated into commercial products, a university official said this week.
 

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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.