At In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe responds to a reader query as to whether doing a postdoc in industry is worthwhile. "If you're going to hire someone to learn the ropes, they might as well be good enough to be brought in as a full-time employee," Lowe says. He adds that industrial postdoc positions can be considered less prestigious than their academic counterparts.

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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.