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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that Stanford University researcher Howard Chang has been appointed to a six-year term as part of the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists.

Chang, an associate professor of dermatology, will receive $1.5 million over six years to support his research into the function of long, non-coding RNAs, according to HHMI.


Traversa Therapeutics has appointed two new members to its scientific advisory board.

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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.