After the Sequence

At the Loom, Carl Zimmer bemoans what he dubs the "Yet-Another-Genome Syndrome." Sequencing a genome, he writes, used to be different — it took forever to do and was a big deal when it came out — but with next-generation sequencing, it takes comparatively no time at all, yet they still generate tons of press releases and news articles. It's what comes after the sequencing, Zimmer says, that is interesting.

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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.