Genaissance Pharmaceuticals this week said it received the thumbs up from the US Patent and Trademark Office about its patent application for a method to build up predictive haplotypes in association studies.

The patent office sent Genaissance a so-called “Notice of Allowance,” meaning that the patent, entitled “Methods for Obtaining and Using Haplotype Data,” meets all of its criteria and will likely issue in the next few months, according to Genaissance CSO Richard Judson.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

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.