Over at Forbes' Medicine Show blog, Matthew Herper is searching for people in biotech who have become billionaires, and he has only found a few. Patrick Soon-Shiong is worth $5.2 billion; Randal Kirk is worth $2.2 billion; and Michael Jaharis has $1.9 billion, all according to Forbes' lists of billionaires and the richest Americans.

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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.