Bill Gates is stepping down as head of Microsoft in less than three months, and he has big plans for how he's going to spend his time, says this post at Wired. At a speech on Monday at the Institute for Systems Biology, Gates told the crowd that he would devote his full energy to his foundation and to encouraging technology and biology to get pharma to develop more drugs for infectious diseases in the developing world.

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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.