Microarray developer NimbleGen Systems of Madison, Wis., has tapped Steven Smith as its new vice president of bioinformatics. Smith, formerly manager of R&D at Genetics Computer Group, most recently headed up his own bioinformatics consulting firm, Genesmith Informatics. The company also appointed Albrecht Frauendorf, most recently director of DNA microarray operations at Protogene, as senior director of DNA array manufacturing.

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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.