NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Toronto-based ChipCare is developing a microfluidic diagnostic platform that works similarly to a flow cytometer, but will be made available at a fraction of the cost and size.

The firm, a 2009 spinout from the University of Toronto, expects to make available a rugged, hand held system at the point of patient care, and expects to have a CE-marked HIV-related diagnostic test on the market in Africa around the end of 2017.

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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.