Contract research-service lab HemoGenix this week said it will use its internally developed and validated in vitro assays to help development-stage biotech shop ImmuneRegen BioSciences test its therapeutic candidate Homspera.
 
A derivative of substance P, a peptide immunomodulator and homeostatic compound that improves pulmonary function and stimulates the immune system, Homspera is designed to be used as a countermeasure against bioterrorist threats, the manufacturer said.

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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.