Bigger and Better

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative is the latest in a long list of 'big science' initiatives (see: Human Genome Project), writes Virginia Hughes at Phenomenon. "The Big Question, of course, is whether the Go-Big strategy is more effective than the typical model of funding individual labs," she says.

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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.