By Julia Karow

The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded $18.4 million in new grants under its "$1,000 Genome" Advanced Sequencing Technology program to 10 research groups developing low-cost DNA-sequencing technologies.

"The new technologies will sequence a person's DNA quickly and cost-effectively so [they] routinely can be used by biomedical researchers and health care workers to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease," NHGRI said in a statement.

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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.

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