Patents are undoubtedly a hot topic in biotech and pharmaceuticals. A company’s intellectual property strategy is often more important than its core technology in the race to win market dominance. This, of course, is not only they case with the brass ring at the end of the pipeline — the drugs themselves — but almost every component of the drug development process, from gene sequence to chemical compounds and to the enabling technologies that make discovery possible.

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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.