This story originally ran on April 28.

In the midst of reporting a 10 percent drop in revenues for the first quarter, Waters officials sounded a guarded note that the second half of 2009 could hold reasons for hope.

This week, Waters said that revenues for the three months ended April 4 fell to $333 million from $372 million during Q1 2008. Currency translation contributed 5 percentage points of the total drop in revenues.

Instrument sales were down by 16 percent in the quarter, while consumables and services rose 9 percent.

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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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