NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BioMérieux said on Thursday it is partnering with Ultimate Labs to bring BioMérieux's mass spectrometry-based microbial identification system to the food, drug, and cosmetic manufacturing industries.

BioMérieux's Vitek MS technology is a MALDI-TOF mass spec system for the identification of bacteria, yeast, and mold. Paired with a comprehensive microbial database, the system can identify a microorganism's genus and species in minutes, BioMérieux said.

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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.

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