As the use of RNAi in crop sciences gains momentum, the US Department of Agriculture has continued focusing on the gene-silencing technology, with agency researchers kicking off at least five different RNAi-related research projects in recent months.

Two of the projects, both of which began this month, are centered on identifying gene targets for RNAi-based control of the whitefly, or Bemisia tabaci.

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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.