NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scienion is hoping its participation in a unique research project will help raise awareness for a microarray-based test for water quality monitoring.

The effort, called Rheines Wasser, is the brainchild of Andreas Fath, a Furtwangen University professor of physical and analytical chemistry who recently swam a 1,231-km route down the Rhine from its source in the Swiss Alps to an estuary in the North Sea to raise awareness for the importance of water as a resource and the need for increased water protection.

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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.