Pacesetter of Sylmar, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,192,360, "Implantable body fluid analyzer."An implantable microarray device is described that includes an inlet for a body fluid; individual reaction cell arrays where each reaction cell array includes a series of reaction cells configured to receive the body fluid; a sensor array to sense a reaction result for an individual reaction cell array; and a positioning mechanism to position an individual reaction cell array with respect to the sensor array.

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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.