Martin Stratmann has been selected to direct the Max Planck Society, the Nature News Blog reports. The Max Planck Society oversees 80 research institutes in Germany and about a dozen centers elsewhere, and it has an annual budget of €2.0 billion (US$2.6 billion) that comes from the German federal and state budgets.

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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.