COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY (GenomeWeb) – Genetic variants can increasingly be used to connect patients to treatments as well as uncover new therapeutic targets.

At the Biology of Genomes meeting here last week, Jeffrey Barrett, formerly of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, described how prioritizing genome-wide association study results has uncovered drugs that could be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

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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.