NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers from the University of Bologna has published a study of a new assay they call VaginArray, a phylogenetic microarray-based tool that allows the qualitative and quantitative analysis of vaginal bacterial communities.

According to the results, published earlier this month in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, the array method also shows promise as a tool to assess the response of vaginosis patients to treatment by measuring changes in their microbiota.

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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.