The Scientist has compiled its list of the best spots to work in academia, both in the US and abroad. Topping the US list is Princeton University which is strong in "tenure and promotion" as well as "peers" but weak in "pay" and job satisfaction. Also among the top 15 US institutes are Children's Hospital Boston, the Trudeau Institute, and the Institute for Systems Biology.

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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.