Orion Multisystems is eyeing the bioinformatics market as a key early adopter for a new “cluster workstation” supercomputer it will begin shipping in October.

Colin Hunter, CEO of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, told BioInform that “biosciences will be very important initially” as it rolls out the DT-12 workstation. The product packs 12 processors into a single desktop box that delivers 18 Gflops of performance, consumes less than 220 watts, and is priced under $10,000.

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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.