Massive open online courses have quite a bit to offer the research and advanced science education communities, from providing ways to learn very specific bits of knowledge and techniques to enabling collaborative and inventive ways for young researchers to develop, according to a commentary in Nature.

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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.