NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health today named the first awards, totaling up to $21.2 million, for its Human Microbiome Project, which aims to create a foundation for understanding the microbes that interact with humans and affect health.
 

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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.

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

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

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