A post at Adaptive Complexity wonders why all the "towering scientific geniuses seem to be a thing of the past." He excerpts from physicist Silvan Schweber's new book Einstein & Oppenheimer: "The fact is that the range of phenomena they had to deal with was much more extensive and the amount of reliable, accurate data they had to assimilate, comprehend, and explain was much greater than what Einstein had to confront with his gravitational

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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.