The Human Proteome Organization has elected Rolf Apweiler of the European Bioinformatics Institute as its next president. Apweiler is currently chair of HUPO's Proteomics Standards Initiative and leads the sequence database group at EBI, where he heads the UniProt/SwissProt database. He will take the helm at HUPO on Jan. 1, 2007, for two years, replacing John Bergeron.

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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.