Researchers at Ohio State University are using the power of supercomputing to find the best molecular configuration to block proteins responsible for breast and prostate cancers. OSU Assistant Professor Chenglong Li and his graduate student Vandana Kumari are using the Ohio Supercomputer Center's high-performance computing resources to search through thousands of possible molecular combinations that could block interleukin-6, which is often overproduced in individuals with cancer.

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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.