In the DNA Depths

After getting her exome sequenced, IEEE Spectrum's Eliza Strickland is at first a bit disappointed but then changes her mind. Going through Ion Torrent's Jonathan Rothberg and James Lupski at Baylor Medical College, Strickland decides to have her exome sequenced and have medically actionable results returned to her. "I hope I'll get early warnings about problems I may encounter later in life and suggestions on screening regimens or lifestyle changes that can protect me," she writes.

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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.

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