Alex Bateman is joining the European Bioinformatics Institute as head of protein sequence resources, replacing Rolf Apweiler.

Bateman starts his new job on Nov. 1. He is currently senior investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, where in his 15 years he has led the development of protein and RNA family databases. He has published more than 120 scientific papers and reviews and his work has been cited more than 26,000 times.

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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.

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