Research at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland may lead to a diagnostic that could help physicians unsatisfied with Gleevec’s performance against gastrointestinal stromal tumors to switch to Sutent.
 
“We wondered if the same [genes of response for Gleevec] would hold true for Sutent, and what we found is that it’s exactly opposite,” according to Michael Heinrich, who led the study. Heinrich previously studied mutations linked to Gleevec response in GIST.
 

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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.