Several months after announcing the establishment of a $100 million war chest to fight for a foothold in the genomics sector, IBM has embarked on its latest effort to win new business. Big Blue is now conducting extensive market surveys and customer focus groups to try to figure out how to muscle its way into the already crowded bioinformatics and genomics market.

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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.