By Justin Petrone

Affymetrix this week began shipping its Axiom Exome Genotyping Arrays with the hope that the new chip's content and custom design options can capture what appears to be strong demand in the marketplace for such products.

"We have exceeded our content expectations on the product; it is now available, in inventory, and we are taking orders," Andy Last, executive vice president of Affy's genetic analysis and clinical applications business unit, told BioArray News this week.

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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.