The Windber Research Institute, a two-year-old biomedical research center in Windber, Pa., “was designed around biomedical informatics,” according to Richard Somiari, its COO and CSO. The institute is fully outfitted with a state-of-the-art informatics infrastructure — including a newly installed data warehouse from Teradata that will collect up to 50 terabytes of data every nine months — but the secret to its informatics foundation may be a simple matter of old-fashioned communication rather than technological prowess.

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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.