NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced yesterday that it has awarded a four-year, $4.4 million grant to a research team from the Geisinger Health System, Penn State University, and the University of Pennsylvania to investigate genetic and other causes of obesity and related health problems.

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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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