SAN DIEGO (GenomeWeb) – At the Plant and Animal Genomes conference here this week, the University of Missouri at Columbia's Barbara Gandolfi offered an overview of approaches being used to determine the genetic basis of features found in the newest domestic shorthair cat breed: the Lykoi or "wolf cat."

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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.