Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An initiative including partners in the US, Australia, and India has launched to develop climate-resilient varieties of two of the "big three" primary crops using genomic technologies.

The collaboration seeks to discover and develop traits to increase drought tolerance and decrease the need for soil-applied nitrogen fertilizer.

 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.