At the New York Times, Olivia Judson pauses before even beginning the soon-to-come celebrations for 150th anniversary of the theory of natural selection and the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin to discuss if Darwin merits such revelry. Darwin was neither the first to posit that evolution occurs, nor was he the first to discuss natural selection, nor was he always right — he did a fair bit of editing in his time.

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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.