THE JOINT GENOME INSTITUTE of the US Department of Energy announced Thursday the formation of an international consortium to sequence Fugu rubripes, the potentially deadly Japanese delicacy known as the puffer fish.

Under the terms of the agreement, JGI will produce the draft sequences as well as determine the computational aspects of the project. Daniel Rokhsar, JGI’s associate director for computational genomics, is currently overseeing the development of customized software for the project.

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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.