As CSO of Woburn, Mass.-based genetic testing firm Courtagen, Kevin McKernan recently co-authored a pair of papers with other Courtagen scientists describing novel PCR methods that he hopes will help others to avoid violating gene patents during clinical next-generation sequencing. McKernan.jpg

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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.