Idaho Technology has been awarded a contract for an undisclosed amount by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command to develop tests for multiple flu strains on its Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System, the company said today.

Idaho Tech said that the JBAIDS system and newly developed tests will be used to test military personnel and their families for influenza A and B, and subtypes of A.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

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.