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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Axel Nielsen, COO of Decode Genetics, has resigned from the company, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The firm disclosed the resignation in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week, but it did not say whether it intends to search for a replacement.

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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.