Room to Grow

The life science industry employs some 281,000 people in California, and a report from the Biocom Institute and California Life Sciences Institute released this week says that further growth in the sector is expected. The report also notes that interest in big data and personalized medicine are increasing the demand for people skilled in collecting, managing, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets.

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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.