Bioinformatics consulting firm 3rd Millennium has cited its customized approach to technology development — rather than shrink-wrapped software solutions — as the reason for its continued success in the otherwise struggling commercial bioinformatics market. So when it came time to consider making some of its software available on a standalone basis, the company saw only one logical licensing option: Make it freely available under the General Public License.

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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.