By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Oct. 1, has been updated with additional information and with comments from a Broad Institute researcher.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute said last week that it is granting more than $64 million to five institutions over two years for a large-scale DNA sequencing project that will analyze the exomes of 12 well-phenotyped cohorts involving more than 8,000 people.

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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.