The regional-pavilion setup at BIO 2002 made it even easier to notice the grumblings of Michigan-based genomics and proteomics companies. The complaint: after last year’s $100 million funding for life sciences drew companies to the area like a 21st-century gold rush, the new 2002 awards leveled out at $30 million, and a good chunk went to university programs instead of to the private sector. Of 111 proposals, just three of the awards were for private, science-based companies.

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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.