NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery today said that it is collaborating with Desktop Genetics to develop a CRISPR design platform.

The Cambridge, UK-based firm said that Desktop Genetics will design and implement algorithms based on input from Horizon, which said it will use the platform to quickly identify the best guide-RNAs in the human genome for each gene editing task as part of its Genesis portfolio of gene editing technologies.

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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.