New Science Minister

In a cabinet reshuffling, Greg Clark, the Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells, has become the new UK universities and science minister, ScienceInsider reports. He replaces the popular David Willetts and takes on this role in addition to his cities portfolio.

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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.