All Eyes on Australia

Though not legally binding in the US, the decision of the Australian court hearing the gene patent case similar to Myriad's might intellectually influence the US Supreme Court when it hears Myriad's appeal, according to Genomics Law Report's John Conley.

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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.