Sales of Illumina's HiSeq instrument and consumables are continuing to drive the firm's revenue gains, leading to a 25 percent increase in third quarter revenues over the previous year, the firm said this week.

Illumina reported revenues of $357 million for the three-month period ended Sept. 29, up from $285.9 million for Q3 2012. Its sequencing business grew 37 percent, "driven by impressive demand for consumables and the HiSeq," CEO and President Jay Flatley said during a conference call to discuss the company's third quarter results.

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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.