By Doug Macron

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week unveiled an initiative to apply its RNAi technology to the production of vaccines and announced that GlaxoSmithKline will be its first partner for the platform.

The RNAi drug developer, which disclosed its third-quarter financial results this week, also provided updates on some of its pipeline programs and reported a widened net loss during the three-month period amid lower revenues.

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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.