GlaxoSmithKline has licensed non-exclusive rights to Response Genetics' PCR technology and "diagnostic expertise" to assess BRAF gene mutations in human tumor samples. The drug company intends to apply the technology to develop companion diagnostics for BRAF and MEK inhibitors currently under development.

GSK's drug development pipeline, updated as of February, indicates the company has a BRAF protein kinase inhibitor and a MEK inhibitor. Both are in Phase II trials and are being developed as treatments for cancer.

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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.