In order to understand protein-protein interactions, researchers face the challenge of parsing out the actual physical interfaces at which they occur — and not all proteins behave according to the rules. Jeffrey Skolnick, director of the Center for the Study of Systems Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his colleagues are studying "promiscuous" proteins — those that misbehave and bind to many other proteins in addition to their intended targets.

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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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