Officials from Targeted Genetics announced last week that it has not been able to raise much-needed capital, raising questions about the firm's ability to advance its priority drug-development programs.

"We maintain great belief in the promise of our adeno-associated viral … platform technology and our current product-development programs," Targeted Genetics President and CEO Susan Robinson said during a conference call held last week to discuss the company's fourth-quarter financial results.

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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.