A Korean-led research team reports on results from an effort to sequence the genome and transcriptome of the cinereous vulture, Aegypius monachus. The researchers used the Illumina HiSeq2000 to generate reads spanning more than 100 billion bases of the cinereous vulture genome, which were mapped to the bald eagle reference genome sequence. Together with transcript sequences from a cinereous vulture blood sample, the genome sequence helped them track down apparent protein-coding genes and SNPs.

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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.

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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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