The Genomics Leak

There's been a number of stories in the news about leaks of classified data, and Steven Brenner from the University of California, Berkeley, writes in a Nature column that release of genomic data could be coming and that researchers and their institutions should be prepared for such an event.

"How long will it be until an idealistic and technically literate researcher deliberately releases genome and trait information publicly in the name of open science?" he asks.

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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.