NEW YORK, April 2 – Affymetrix subsidiary Perlegen Sciences said Monday it had raised $100 million in financing from a group of institutional and individual investors.

Following the private placement, Affymetrix will own 52 percent of Perlegen, a company launched in October to apply Affymetrix’s GeneChip technology to the entire human genome.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.