A Dow Jones Newswires story covers personalized medicine with profiles of companies, including Sequenom and Helicos, that push diagnostic tests for biomarkers. It's the expected growth in this arena that led to Invitrogen's $6.7 billion acquisition of Applied Biosystems, the article says; more deals are likely in the offing. The story quotes analyst Arthur Henderson as saying, "There is a lot of competition for deals; it is going to increase. ... The sky is the limit in terms of opportunity."

 

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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.