Little Bit Longer Now

Lawmakers in the US passed a resolution last week to keep the federal government funded for another month, ScienceInsider reports. This continuing resolution allows federal agencies to continue spending at their fiscal year 2017 levels while the budget for fiscal year 2018, which began in October, continues to be hashed out, it adds.

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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.