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Myriad Genetics' Panexia Predictive Pancreatic Cancer Test

The company is planning to develop a new diagnostic test for early detection of pancreatic cancer by combining PALB2 gene mutations with mutations in the BRCA 2 gene and p16 genes, to which Myriad also holds exclusive rights under 10 issued US patents. The test is slated for launch in 2010.

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.