NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Stocks for firms in the omics and molecular diagnostics market provided a mixed bag for the month of May as the GenomeWeb Daily News Index saw a gain of 2 percent month over month.

Leading the gainers for the month were GenMark Diagnostics (+23 percent), Veracyte (+19 percent), Illumina (+16 percent), and Hologic (+16 percent).

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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.