For all the talk about personalized medicine, there’s one ingredient we can all agree is absolutely essential before that can happen: lots and lots of sequence data. But at the current cost of sequencing genomes — just producing a high-quality draft of a mammalian genome costs $25 million, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute — it’s clear it’ll take a long time and a lot of money to accumulate the information required for doctors to prescribe treatments based on an individual’s unique genetic profile.

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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.