Second in a two-part series: Studies looking at the cost-effectiveness of so-called “theranostics” may enable drug makers to guide product development down more efficiently, and payors to use the data to help them decide what — and whether — to cover the new drugs or diagnostics.

Trouble is, very few of these studies exist, according to a recent study.

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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.