In an interview posted to MIT’s Technology Review online magazine, Jose Ordovas, director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at Tufts University, talks about recent nutrigenomic work. After taking a look at data from the ongoing Framingham Heart Study, Ordovas found that certain genetic variants, including variations in a gene known as apoliprotein E (ApoE), can be risk factors for heart disease.

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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.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.