Invitrogen plans to extend the reach of its current informatics capabilities, with new product lines most likely in systems biology and proteomics, Michael Stapleton, the new general manager and vice president of Invitrogen’s bioinformatics business, told BioInform last week. Stapleton, who joined the company just over six weeks ago, said that new tools in these areas would be developed either through internal R&D, partnerships, or — in line with Invitrogen’s broader strategy — through acquisitions.

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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.