By Ben Butkus

German molecular diagnostics firm Curetis said this week that it has netted an additional €4.5 million ($6.4 million) in its Series A financing round, raising its total to €24.5 million in three tranches.

Curetis will use the cash to accelerate the US commercialization of Unyvero, the company's benchtop automated DNA-testing platform, and its first cartridge-based test for multiple causative agents of pneumonia and antibiotic resistance markers, company officials said 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.

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.