National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni said this week he is resigning from his position at the end of October "to pursue writing projects and explore other professional opportunities."

In a conference call, Zerhouni said that his departure is timed to synchronize with the end of the current White House administration and that he does not consider the move to be a resignation. He added that he expects Deputy NIH Director Raynard Kington will serve as acting director until a new White House names his successor.

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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.

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