This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, a multi-institute research group presents an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a major vector of human viral diseases such as dengue and yellow fever. The scientists used a combination of technologies — including long-read Pacific Biosciences sequencing and Hi-C — to produce a fully re-annotated A. aegypti genome assembly, and then demonstrated its use in mosquito science.

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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.