NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Seattle-based Spiral Genetics has shifted the focus of its business from building solutions based on existing open source software for genomic data analysis, to developing a suite of products based on a proprietary method of detecting large structural changes in the genome.

Spiral has since launched two products — Anchored Assembly and Onco Assembly — based on the new method and plans to launch additional products for other genomic domains in the near future, Spiral CEO Alindrina Mangubat told BioInform this week.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

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.