NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Claritas Genomics today announced it has secured $15 million in Series B financing.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based pediatric genetic testing services firm said that the funds would be used to expand commercial operations, launch next-generation sequencing-based tests to diagnose pediatric genetic disorders, and build its network of disease experts.

WuXi NextCode Genomics joined Series A investors Boston Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Cerner.

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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.