Svante Pääbo started out wanting to be an Egyptologist, he tells the New York Times' Claudia Dreifus in a Q&A. Though he turned away from that to pursue medical studies, he returned to studying Egyptian mummies when new DNA analysis tools emerged and could give a glimpse into the history of ancient humans.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

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.