Mina Bissell, a cancer researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, writes in Nature that while efforts to make research more reproducible are praiseworthy, they may have unintended side effects such as "shelving promising research and unfairly damag[ing] the reputations of careful, meticulous scientists."

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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.