This story was originally published Nov. 4.

Pacific Biosciences said this week that Hong Kong-based Gene Company will distribute, market, and sell its RS instrument and related products in China and Hong Kong.

The company also said that it has shipped an RS to the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, associated with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Peking Union Medical College.

PacBio said the placement marks the company's first shipment to Asia.

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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.

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