Kathy Partin is to be the next head of the US Office of Research Integrity, Retraction Watch says, noting that the Report On Research Compliance first reported the appointment.

Partin, a neuroscientist and administrator at Colorado State University, is to take over the top spot toward the end of the month.

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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.