Chronix Biomedical is betting that profiles of circulating DNAs and RNAs can help detect chronic disease, including some cancers and neurologic and autoimmune diseases.

The company is making its projection at a time when several research groups have begun to use second-generation sequencing to analyze blood-borne cell-free nucleic acids that could be applied to diagnostic or prognostic use.

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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.