This story originally ran on June 2.

PHILADELPHIA – While a number of vendors used this year's American Society for Mass Spectrometry annual conference to showcase instruments launched earlier in the year, Waters and Thermo Fisher Scientific were the only vendors to launch new mass specs at the meeting held here this week.

Five years after the launch of its Synapt HDMS platform, Waters on Monday launched the next generation of its flagship mass spectrometer, the Synapt G2, while Thermo introduced its LTQ Velos and LTQ Orbitrap Velos.

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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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