New sequencing technologies will play a major role in the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute’s 2009 Community Sequencing Program, announced last week, as the institute transitions from Sanger sequencing to second-generation platforms.
 
The institute selected 44 projects for next year’s CSP, which accounts for more than half of JGI’s sequencing activities. Sixteen projects are devoted to eukaryotes, 17 to bacteria and archaea, and 11 to metagenomes.
 

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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.