NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The European Commission has awarded a new consortium €8.8 million ($9.8 million) to develop a next-generation microfluidics-based platform for the functional screening of metagenomic libraries.

The aim of the group, dubbed Metafluidics, is to replace the "cumbersome" technologies currently used to study genetic material obtained from environmental samples with a new approach that is "cheaper, faster, and higher throughput," according to project participants.

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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.