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At the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog, Sarah Rubenstein wonders why Howard Dean is a long-shot choice for the Health and Human Services top job. She says that Dean's problem is not his credentials -- he's doctor who as governor of Vermont revamped the state's health insurance system -- but rather his personality conflicts.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.