Michael White at Adaptive Complexity promises to say something nice about systems biologists soon, but first he writes that the field is "still struggling to get beyond square 1." On his blog, he includes two passages, one from 1976 and one from 2005, that both say the time is right to take an integrated look at biology.

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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.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.